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Leiden der Trennung

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Vom Meere trennt sich die Welle,
Und seufzet durch Blumen im Thal,
Und fühlet gewiegt in der Quelle,
Gebannt in dem Brunnen nur - Qual!

[Sie sehnt sich,]1 die Welle,
In lispelnder Quelle,
Im murmelnden Bache,
Im Brunnengemache

Zum Meer, von dem sie kam,
[Aus]2 dem sie Leben nahm,
Von dem, des Irrens matt und müde,
Sie süße Ruh verhofft und Friede.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von H. J. v. Collin. Wien, 1812. Gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, page 26.

1 Schubert: "Es sehnt sich"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Von"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El dolor de la separació", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Scheidingsverdriet", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Judith Kellock) , "The sorrow of parting", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Douleur de la séparation", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-12-03 06:30:58

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The sorrow of parting

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The wave is separated from the sea,
And sighs through the flowers in the valley
And feels only anguish, cradled in the spring,
Spellbound in the fountain!

In the whispering brook,
In the murmuring stream,
In the gentleness of the fountain,
The wave longs for the sea.

To the sea, from which it came,
From that which gave it life,
From which, tired and pale from the madness,
It hopes for sweet repose and peace.

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Text added to the website: 2007-01-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-08-14 15:56:11

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