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Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden,
schönes Grabmal meiner Ruh',
schöne Stadt, wir müssen scheiden, -
Lebe wohl! ruf' ich dir zu.

Lebe wohl, du heil'ge Schwelle,
wo da wandelt Liebchen traut;
lebe wohl! du heil'ge Stelle, 
wo ich sie zuerst geschaut.

Hätt' ich dich doch nie [gesehen]1,
schöne Herzenskönigin!
Nimmer wär' es dann geschehen,
daß ich jetzt so elend bin.

Nie wollt' ich dein Herze rühren,
Liebe hab' ich nie erfleht;
nur ein stilles Leben führen
wollt' ich, wo dein Odem weht.

Doch du drängst mich selbst von hinnen,
bittre Worte spricht dein Mund;
Wahnsinn wühlt in meinen Sinnen,
und mein Herz ist krank und wund.

Und die Glieder matt und träge
schlepp' ich fort am Wanderstab,
bis mein müdes Haupt ich lege
ferne in ein kühles Grab.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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1 Schumann: "gesehn"

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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)

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT DUT FRE ITA by Joseph Carl Breil.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Mooie kribbe van mijn lijden", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Pretty cradle of my sorrows", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Beau berceau de mes souffrances", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Bella culla del mio dolore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Beau berceau de mes souffrances

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Beau berceau de mes souffrances,
Beau tombeau de mon repos,
Belle ville, nous devons nous séparer
Je te crie adieu !

Adieu, toi seuil sacré
Là où passe ma bien‑aimée ;
Adieu ! toi lieu sacré,
Où je l'ai vue pour la première fois.

Que ne t'ai‑je jamais vue
Belle reine de mon cœur !
Jamais je n'aurais été
Aussi misérable qu'aujourd'hui.

Je n'ai jamais voulu toucher ton cœur,
Je n'ai jamais imploré l'amour,
Je voulais seulement mener une vie tranquille
Là où souffle ton âme.

Pourtant tu m'as poussé hors d'ici,
Des mots amers sont sortis de ta bouche ;
La folie tenaille mon esprit,
Et mon cœur est malade et blessé.

Et blafard, les membres inertes,
Je me traînerai, appuyé sur mon bâton,
Jusqu'à ce que je pose ma tête lasse
Loin, dans un tombeau glacé.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Lieder, no. 5 CAT DUT ENG ITA ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ferdinand Gottfried Baake, Carl Banck, Julie Baroni-Cavalcabó, Alfred Julius Becher, Hans Bill, Franz Blumenberg, Francis Boott, Stephanie Brand-Vrabely, Gräfin Wurmbrand, Leslie Crabtree, Christian Friedrich Ehrlich, Richard Farber, Joseph Fischhof, Richard Franck, Joseph Pasquale Goldberg, Sigismund Goldschmidt, G. Fritz Hompesch, Al. Kern, Franz Kielblock, Johanna Kinkel, née Mockel, Christian Louis Heinrich Köhler, J. Köhler, Louis Krantz, Franz Krežma, Eduard Krüger, Gustav Langer, Paul Ernst Wilhelm Lorberg, Victor Ernst Nessler, Alfred Oelschlegel, Hermann Theobald Petschke, Joseph Rheinberger, Julius Röntgen, Julius Schladebach, H. R. Schröder, R. Schulin, Robert Schumann, Rudolph Schweida, Korstiaan Stougie, Josef Stritzko, Sigismund Thalberg, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, A. Voss, Heinrich Weidt, Ernest Whyte, Heinrich Rudolph Willmers. Go to the text.


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