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Liebe kam aus fernen Landen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Liebe kam aus fernen Landen
Und kein Wesen folgte ihr,
Und die Göttin winkte mir,
Schlang mich ein mit süßen Banden.

Da begann ich Schmerz zu fühlen,
Tränen dämmerten den Blick:
Ach! was ist der Liebe Glück,
Klagt' ich, wozu dieses Spielen?

Keinen hab' ich weit gefunden,
Sagte lieblich die Gestalt,
Fühle du nun die Gewalt,
Die die Herzen sonst gebunden.

Alle meine Wünsche flogen
In der Lüfte blauen Raum,
Ruhm schien mir ein Morgentraum,
Nur ein Klang der Meereswogen.

Ach! wer löst nun meine Ketten?
Denn gefesselt ist der Arm,
Mich umfleucht der Sorgen Schwarm;
Keiner, keiner will mich retten?

Darf ich in den Spiegel schauen,
Den die Hoffnung vor mir hält?
Ach, wie trügend ist die Welt!
Nein, ich kann ihr nicht vertrauen.

O, und dennoch laß nicht wanken,
Was dir nur noch Stärke gibt,
Wenn die Einz'ge dich nicht liebt,
Bleib nur bittrer Tod dem Kranken.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The goddess Love came from a far-off land", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Amore è arrivato da paesi lontani", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Liefde kwam uit verre landen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52

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Word count: 149

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Amore è arrivato da paesi lontani

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Amore è arrivato da paesi lontani,
e nessuno gli veniva dietro,
e la dea mi fece un cenno,
avvincendomi  con dolci legami.
Allora il dolore iniziò a farsi sentire,
e le lacrime mi offuscarono gli occhi:
Ah,lamentavo, perché questo gioco
cosa sono le gioie d'amore?
Fino ad ora nessuno ho incontrato,
disse l'immagine con fare soave,
senti ora tu stesso la forza
che due cuori altre volte ha legato.
Ogni mio desiderio prese a volare
Nello spazio azzurro dell'aria
E la fama mi parve un fragile sogno
Solo un suono di onde di mare.
Ah! Chi può adesso le mie catene spezzare?
Ché mi trovo col braccio legato
Circondato da uno sciame di angosce;
C'è qualcuno che mi vorrà aiutare?
Potrò forse guardare nello specchio,
Che speranza mi tiene davanti?
Ah, come il mondo è pieno d'inganni!
No, non posso fidarmi di certo.
Tuttavia fa' che non sia indebolito
Ciò che solo adesso dà forza,
Se lei, l'unica, non dovesse più amarti
Morte amara resta solo al malato.

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Text added to the website: 2008-06-04 00:00:00.

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