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Die Verschmähte

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)

Sie hatte schüchtern zu ihm aufgesehen;
Dann hatte sie mit flehender Gebärde
Die Hände ihm geboten. Endlich aber
Hat sie an seine Schärpe sich geklammert
Und hat ihn frei und ohne Falsch umarmt.

Er aber, dessen Herz verhärtet war,
Wies alle ihre Liebe kalt zurück
Und ging hinweg. Da hat sie still dem Leben,
Doch ihrer Liebe nimmermehr, entsagt.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) by Amaru (between the 6th and 8th centuries) [text unavailable]

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

  • by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942), "Die Verschmähte", op. 27 (Twelve songs: for soprano and piano) no. 5 (1937/8), published c1978 [soprano and piano], Hillsdale, N.Y. : Mobart Music Publications,, also set in English [
     text verified 1 time

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Maurice Wright (b. 1949) , title 1: "The rejected", copyright © GER by Alexander Zemlinsky.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "The rejected one", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
Line count: 9
Word count: 59

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The rejected one

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

She had shyly looked up to him.
Then, with a pleading gesture,
She had offered him her hand.
At last she has clung to his sash
and has embraced him, freely, without guile.

He, however, whose heart was hardened,
rejected all her love and went away.
Then she has silently renounced life
but nevermore her love.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
Based on
  • a text in Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) by Amaru (between the 6th and 8th centuries) [text unavailable]


Text added to the website: 2008-04-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
Line count: 9
Word count: 56