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Denke, denke, mein Geliebter

Language: German (Deutsch)

Denke, denke, mein Geliebter, 
Meiner alten Lieb und Treue,
Denke, wie aus freud'gem Herzen, 
Sonder Harm und sonder Reue,
[Frei das Wort ich dir]1 gegeben,
Dich zu lieben, dir zu leben
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

Ach! er kam, besah die Felder 
Und das Haus, der Mutter Erbe,
Sprach und feilschte mit dem Vater, 
Der befahl gestreng und herbe. --
Eitel war das Wort gesprochen, 
Herz und Treu sind gebrochen --
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

Und der Priester mit dem Munde 
Sprach den Segen unverdrossen,
Unerhöret, einem Bunde, 
Der im Himmel nicht geschlossen. --
Zieh von hinnen! zieh von hinnen!
Andres Glück dir zu gewinnen,
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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1 Bergh: "Frei ich dir das Wort"

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


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):

  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (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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