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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Roses, ah, how fair ye be ! 
Ye are fading, dying ! 
Ye should with my lady be, 
On her bosom lying ; 

All your bloom is lost on me, 
Here despairing, sighing. 
Oh, the golden dreams I nursed, 
Ere I knew thy scorning, 

When I pour'd my passion first, 
And at break of morning, 
Pluck'd the rosebuds, ere they burst, 
For thy breast's adorning ! 

Every fruit and floweret rare, 
To thy feet I bore it, 
Fondly knelt, to see thee there, 
Bending fondly o'er it,

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Wehmut", appears in Erwin und Elmire CAT DUT FRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Bolck, Oskar von Chelius, Hugo Dakon, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, Edvard Grieg, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Eugène Jámbor, Philipp Christoph Kayser, Armin Knab, Arnold Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Friedrich August Naubert, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Louis Schlottmann, Ferdinand Sieber. Go to the text.

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

Text added to the website: 2009-10-22 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-04-16 15:12:45

Line count: 16
Word count: 87

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