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Willkommen und Abschied

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es schlug mein Herz; geschwind zu Pferde! 
Es war gethan fast eh' gedacht; 
Der Abend wiegte schon die Erde
Und an den Bergen hing die Nacht: 
Schon stand im Nebelkleid die Eiche
Ein aufgethürmter Riese da, 
Wo Finsterniß aus dem Gesträuche 
Mit hundert schwarzen Augen sah.

Der Mond von einem Wolkenhügel 
Sah [kläglich]1 aus dem Duft hervor, 
Die Winde schwangen leise Flügel, 
Umsaus'ten schauerlich mein Ohr; 
Die Nacht schuf tausend Ungeheuer; 
Doch frisch und fröhlich war mein Muth: 
In meinen Adern welches Feuer! 
In meinem Herzen welche Glut! 

Dich [sah]2 ich, und die milde Freude 
Floß von dem süßen Blick auf mich;
Ganz war mein Herz [an]3 deiner Seite
Und jeder Athemzug für dich. 
Ein rosenfarbnes Frühlingswetter 
Umgab das liebliche Gesicht, 
Und Zärtlichkeit für mich - Ihr Götter! 
Ich hofft' es, ich verdient' es nicht! 

Doch ach schon mit der Morgensonne
Verengt der Abschied mir das Herz: 
In deinen Küssen, welche Wonne! 
In deinem Auge, [welcher]4 Schmerz! 
Ich ging, du standst und sahst zur Erden, 
Und sahst mir nach mit nassem Blick: 
Und doch, welch Glück geliebt zu werden! 
Und lieben, Götter, welch ein Glück!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 75-76; with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 115-116 (here with the title Willkomm und Abschied; and with Goethe's sämmtliche Schriften. Siebenter Band. Wien, 1810. Verlegt bey Anton Strauß. In Commission bey Geistinger, pages 39-40.

Note: First published 1775 in an earlier version as part of the poem Neue Liebe, Neues Leben (stanzas 4-7) in Iris. Zweyter Band. Drittes Stück.

1 Pfitzner: "schläfrig"
2 Goethe (Wien 1810 edition; misprint?), and Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "seh"
3 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "auf"
4 Pfitzner: "welch ein"

Submitted by Johannes Becker 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Benvinguda i comiat", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Welkom en afscheid", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Welcome and parting", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bienvenue et séparation", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Benvenuto e commiato", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Jakob Nikolaus Craigher de Jachelutta) , "Felice arrivo e congedo"

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

Last modified: 2019-01-28 02:24:45

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Benvenuto e commiato

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

Mi batteva il cuore come un cavallo al galoppo! 
Accadde prima che lo pensassi, 
la sera cullava già la terra 
e sui monti pendeva la notte. 
Già stava in abiti nebbiosi la quercia, 
un torreggiante colosso, qui, 
dove la tenebra dal cespuglio 
guardava con cento occhi neri! 

La luna guardava da una collina di nubi, 
dolorosamente i venti spiegavano 
ali leggere, sibilando spaventosi 
intorno alle mie orecchie; 
la notte creava mille orrori, 
ma il mio animo era lieto e contento: 
che fuoco nelle mie vene! 
Che ardore nel mio cuore! 

Ti vidi, e la gioia soave cominciò 
a scorrere dal tuo dolce sguardo in me, 
tutto il mio cuore era al tuo fianco 
e ogni mio respiro per te. 
Un tempo di primavera, colorato di rosa, 
circondava l'amabile viso, 
e dolcezza per me - O dèi! 
Lo speravo, ma non ne ero degno! 

Ma ahimè! Già col primo sole 
il commiato mi stringe il cuore: 
che voluttà nei tuoi baci! 
Che dolore nei tuoi occhi! 
Io me ne andavo, tu guardavi a terra, 
e guardavi ancora verso di me con occhi umidi:
però, che gioia innamorarsi! 
E amare, o dèi, che gioia!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Willkommen und Abschied", written 1771, first published 1775 CAT DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Peter Grønland, Oscar Meyer, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, Winfried Zillig. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-01-14 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30

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