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Traum der eig'nen Tage

Language: German (Deutsch)

Traum der eig'nen Tage,
  Die nun ferne sind,
Tochter meiner Tochter,
  Du mein süßes Kind,
Nimm, bevor die Müde
  Deckt das Leichentuch,
Nimm ins frische Leben
  Meinen Segensspruch. 

Siehst mich grau von Haaren,
  Abgezehrt und bleich,
Bin, wie du, gewesen
  Jung und wonnereich,
Liebte, so wie du [liebest]1,
  Ward, wie du, auch Braut,
Und auch du wirst altern,
  So wie ich ergraut. 
Laß die Zeit im Fluge
  Wandeln fort und fort,
Nur beständig wahre
  Deines Busens Hort;
Hab' ich's einst gesprochen,
  Nehm' ich's nicht zurück:
Glück ist nur die Liebe,
  Liebe nur ist Glück. 
Als ich, den ich liebte,
  In das Grab gelegt,
Hab' ich meine Liebe
  Treu in mir gehegt;
War mein Herz gebrochen,
  Blieb mir fest der Muth,
Und des Alters Asche
  Wahrt die heil'ge Gluth. 
Nimm, bevor die Müde
  Deckt das Leichentuch,
Nimm ins frische Leben
  Meinen Segensspruch:
Muß das Herz dir brechen,
  Bleibe fest dein Muth,
Sei der Schmerz der Liebe
  Dann dein höchstes Gut.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 16-17.

Modernized spelling would change "Muth" to "Mut" and "Gluth" to "Glut"
1 Loewe: "liebst"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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 (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Dream of my own pastdays

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Dream of my own [past] days,
  That are now distant,
Daughter of my daughter,
  You, my sweet child,
Take, before the weary one
  Is covered by the shroud,
Take into your dew-fresh life
  My blessing.
You see me grey of hair,
  Haggard and pale,
Like you, I was once
  Young and delightful,
I loved, as you love,
  Like you, I was a bride,
And you too shall age,
  As I have become grey.
Let time in haste
  March on and on,
Only guard abidingly
  The treasure of your bosom;
What once I said,
  I do not take it back:
Happiness is only love,
  Only love is happiness.
When him whom I loved
  I laid into the grave,
I kept my love
  Faithfully guarded within myself;
Though my heart was broken,
  My courage remained strong,
And the ashes of old age
  Still cherish the holy flame.
Take, before the weary one
  Is covered by the shroud,
Take into your dew-fresh life
  My blessing:
If your heart must break
  May your courage remain steadfast,
May the pain of love
  Then be your greatest treasure.

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Translated titles:
"Traum der eig'nen Tage" = "Dream of my own days"
"Segen der Großmutter" = "Grandmother's blessing"


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