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Ach neige,/ Du Schmerzenreiche

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach neige,
Du Schmerzenreiche,
Dein [Antlitz gnädig]1 meiner Noth!

Das Schwert im Herzen,
Mit tausend Schmerzen
Blickst auf zu deines Sohnes Tod.

Zum Vater blickst du,
Und Seufzer schickst du
Hinauf um sein' und deine Noth.

Wer fühlet,
Wie wühlet
Der Schmerz mir im Gebein?
Was mein armes Herz hier banget,
Was es zittert, was verlanget,
Weißt nur du, nur du allein!

Wohin ich immer gehe,
Wie weh, wie weh, wie wehe
Wird mir im Busen hier!
Ich bin ach kaum alleine,
Ich wein', ich wein', ich weine,
Das Herz zerbricht in mir.

Die Scherben vor meinem Fenster
Bethaut' ich mit Thränen, ach!
Als ich am frühen Morgen
Dir diese Blumen brach.

Schien hell in meine Kammer
Die Sonne früh herauf,
Saß ich in allem Jammer
In meinem Bett' schon auf.

Hilf! rette mich von Schmach und Tod!
Ach neige,
Du Schmerzenreiche,
Dein Antlitz gnädig meiner Noth!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Zwölfter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1828, pages 189-190; and with Faust. Ein Fragment. in Goethe's Schriften. Siebenter Band. Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790, pages 161-163.

1 Loewe: "gnädig Antlitz"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Greetje's smeekgebed", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Ah, lean down, you who are full of sorrow", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ah abaisse, Toi emplie de douleur", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io ti prego, Dolorosa", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-08-27 04:35:36

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Ah abaisse, Toi emplie de douleur

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

Ah abaisse,
Toi emplie de douleur,
Ton gracieux visage vers ma détresse !

L'épée dans le cœur,
Avec mille tourments
Tu regardes la mort de ton fils.

Tu regardes son père,
Et tes soupirs montent
De ta et de sa détresse.

Qui peut ressentir,
Combien la douleur 
me mine les os ?
Ce que mon pauvre cœur craint,
Ce qu'il tremble, ce qu'il demande,
Toi seule le sait, toi seule !

Où que j'aille, à jamais,
Quel mal, quel mal, quel mal
Demeurera en mon sein !
À peine suis‑je seule, ah,
Que je pleure, je pleure, je pleure,
En moi mon cœur se brise.

Les pots de fleurs de ma fenêtre
Étaient inondés de mes larmes, ah !
Quand tôt ce matin
Je t'ai cueilli ces fleurs.

Dans ma chambre claire brille
Le soleil matinal,
Avec toute ma misère,
Je suis déjà assise dans mon lit.

Aide‑moi ! Sauve‑moi de la honte et de la mort !
Ah abaisse,
Toi emplie de douleur,
Ton gracieux regard vers ma détresse !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, written 1772-75, appears in Faust, in Der Tragödie erster Teil (Part I), first published 1790 CAT DUT ENG ITA ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Debrois van Bruyck , Edmund von Freyhold, Wilhelm Fritze, Moritz Hauptmann, Bernhard Klein, Conradin Kreutzer, Fredric Joseph Kroll, Justus Amadeus Lecerf, Leopold Lenz, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Fürst, Julius Röntgen, Louis Schlottmann, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Richard Wagner, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-01-17 00:00:00.

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