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Hast du nicht Liebe zugemessen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hast du nicht Liebe zugemessen
Dem Leben jeder Kreatur?
Warum bin ich allein vergessen,
Auch meine Mutter du! du Natur?

Wo lebte wohl in Forst und Hürde,
Und wo in Luft und Meer, ein Tier,
Das nimmermehr geliebet würde? --
Geliebt wird alles außer mir!

Wenn gleich [in Hain und Wiesenmatten]1
Sich Baum und Staude, Moos und Kraut
Durch Lieb' und Gegenliebe gatten;
Vermählt sich mir doch keine Braut.

Mir wächst vom süßesten der Triebe
Nie Honigfrucht zur Lust heran.
Denn ach! mir mangelt Gegenliebe,
[Die Eine nur]2 gewähren kann.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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1 Beethoven: "im Hain, auf Flur und Matten"; Agthe: "im Hain und Wiesenmatten"
2 Beethoven: "Die Eine, nur Eine"

Submitted by Pilar Lirio


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Zuchten van een onbeminde", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Soupir d'un mal aimé", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23
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Have you not favored with love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Have you not favored with love 
every creature's life?
Why, however, am I forgotten
as well as you, my mother, you, Nature?

Where in bosk and lea 
and where in air and sea may dwell a beast,
that nevermore was loved?
All is loved, but me, truly all but me!

Be it in groves, in fields and pastures
that tree and bush and moss and herb
find each other in love --
why will I not get married to a bride?

The sweetest of all desires 
never sprouts a fruit for me.
Alas, love is never returned to me,
love, that only one can give.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Gottfried August Bürger (1747 - 1794), "Seufzer eines Ungeliebten", appears in Lyrische Gedichte, first published 1789 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Christian Agthe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wilhelm Ferdinand Halter, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-12-03.
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