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Was ist's, o Vater, was ich verbrach?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was [ist's]1, o Vater, was ich verbrach?
Du brichst mir das Herz und fragst nicht darnach.

Ich hab ihm entsagt nach deinem Befehl,
Doch nicht ihn vergessen, ich hab es nicht Hehl.

Noch lebt er in mir, ich [selbst]2 bin tot,
Und über mich schaltet dein strenges Gebot.

[Wann]3 Herz und Wille gebrochen sind
Bittet um eins noch dein armes Kind.

[Wann]3 bald mein müdes Auge sich schließt,
Und Tränen vielleicht das deine vergeißt;

An der Kirchwand dort, beim Hollunderstrauch,
Wo die Mutter liegt, da lege mich auch.


Translation(s): CZE ENG ENG ENG FRE

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1 May: "ist es"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 de Lange: "selber"
3 Moszkowitz: "Wenn"

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel

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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG ENG FRE by Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich.

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

  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • ENG English [singable] (Virginia Woods, Mrs. John P. Morgan)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:24
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Word count: 88

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What is it, Father, than I have done...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What is it, Father, than I have done wrong?
You're breaking my heart and don't care about it.
 
I have renounced him, according to your order,
But have not forgotten him, I make no secret of that.
 
He lives in me still, I myself am dead,
And your strict command holds sway over me.
 
Now that heart and will are broken,
Your poor child asks just one more thing.
 
When my weary eye soon closes,
And tears perhaps flow from yours;
 
Beside the church wall there, by the elder bush,
Where mother lies, there lay me, too.


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Note: Translation written with assistance from Harald Krebs.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Rufus Hallmark, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), no title, appears in Lieder und lyrisch epische Gedichte, in Tränen, no. 1 FRE CZE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Bergh, Gerard Bunk, Friedrich August Dressler, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Robert Franz, Wilhelm Hill, Ferdinand von Hiller, Robert von Hornstein, Adolf Jensen, Daniël de Lange, Eusebius Mandyczewski, Carl May, Paul Merkel, Moritz Moszkowski, Friedrich August Naubert, Sigfrid Sioli, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Sigismund Thalberg, August Walter. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2011-02-06 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:14
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Word count: 97