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Traum der eig'nen Tage

Language: German (Deutsch)

Traum der eig'nen Tage,
  Die nun ferne sind,
Tochter meiner Tochter,
  Du mein süßes Kind,
Nimm, bevor die Müde
  Deckt das Leichentuch,
Nimm ins frische Leben
  Meinen Segensspruch. 

Siehst mich grau von Haaren,
  Abgezehrt und bleich,
Bin, wie du, gewesen
  Jung und wonnereich,
Liebte, so wie du [liebest]1,
  Ward, wie du, auch Braut,
Und auch du wirst altern,
  So wie ich ergraut. 
Laß die Zeit im Fluge
  Wandeln fort und fort,
Nur beständig wahre
  Deines Busens Hort;
Hab' ich's einst gesprochen,
  Nehm' ich's nicht zurück:
Glück ist nur die Liebe,
  Liebe nur ist Glück. 
Als ich, den ich liebte,
  In das Grab gelegt,
Hab' ich meine Liebe
  Treu in mir gehegt;
War mein Herz gebrochen,
  Blieb mir fest der Muth,
Und des Alters Asche
  Wahrt die heil'ge Gluth. 
Nimm, bevor die Müde
  Deckt das Leichentuch,
Nimm ins frische Leben
  Meinen Segensspruch:
Muß das Herz dir brechen,
  Bleibe fest dein Muth,
Sei der Schmerz der Liebe
  Dann dein höchstes Gut.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 16-17.

Modernized spelling would change "Muth" to "Mut" and "Gluth" to "Glut"
1 Loewe: "liebst"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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J'ai rêvé de ces miens jours

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

J'ai rêvé de ces miens jours
Qui maintenant sont loin.
Fille de ma fille,
Toi mon doux enfant,
Reçois, avant que celle qui est lasse
Ne se couvre du linceul,
Reçois, dans ta fraîche vie
Ma bénédiction.

Tu me vois les cheveux gris,
Hâve et blême,
J'ai été, comme toi,
Jeune et comblée de félicité,
J'ai aimé, comme tu aimes,
Devenue, comme toi, épouse
Et toi aussi tu vieilliras,
Comme moi, grisonneras.

Laisse le vol du temps
Poursuivre son chemin,
Mais défends avec constance
Le trésor de ton cœur
Ce qu'un jour j'ai dit,
Je ne le retirerai pas :
Le bonheur seul est amour,
L'amour seul est bonheur.

Quand je couchai au tombeau
Celui que j'aimais,
J'ai nourri en moi
Mon fidèle amour :
Si mon cœur était brisé,
Un ferme courage restait en moi,
Et les cendres de l'âge
Sauvegarde les braises sacrées.

Reçois, avant que celle qui est lasse
Ne se couvre du linceul,
Reçois, dans ta fraîche vie
Ma bénédiction :
Si ton cœur doit se briser,
Que ton courage reste ferme,
Si c'est d'une peine d'amour,
Ce serait ton plus grand bien.

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