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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)

  • by A. J. H. , "Depression", published 1876-1898 [voice and piano], from Ten songs, no. 9, London : Novello, Ewer; reprinted in Women composers: from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998 [
     text not verified 

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), original text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) , title 1: "Wehmut", from Erwin und Elmire CAT ENG FRE SPA by Philipp Christoph Kayser, Edvard Grieg, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Arnold Mendelssohn, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, Armin Knab, Eugène Jámbor, Hugo Dakon, Ferdinand Sieber, Oskar Bolck, Oskar von Chelius, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Louis Schlottmann, Friedrich August Naubert.

Text added to the website: 2009-10-22.
Last modified: 2015-04-16 15:12:45
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