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Was will die einsame Träne?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was will die einsame Träne?
Sie trübt mir ja den Blick.
Sie blieb aus alten Zeiten
In meinem Auge zurück.

Sie hatte viel leuchtende Schwestern,
Die alle zerflossen sind,
Mit meinen Qualen und Freuden
Zerflossen in Nacht und Wind.

Wie Nebel sind auch zerflossen
Die blauen Sternelein,
Die mir [jene]1 Freuden und Qualen
Gelächelt ins Herz hinein.

Ach, meine Liebe selber
Zerfloß wie eitel Hauch!
Du alte, einsame Träne,
Zerfließe jetzunder auch!


Translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE FRE HUN ITA

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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)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Jos. Van de Vijver) , "Eenzame traan"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wat wil het eenzame traantje?", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "What does this solitary tear mean?", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Que veut cette larme solitaire", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Cosa vuole questa lacrima solitaria?", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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What does this solitary tear mean?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 What does this solitary tear mean?
 - it so blurs my gaze.
 It has lingered since long ago
 behind my eye.
 
 It had several shining sisters,
 which have all flown away
 with my agonies and joys,
 flown away in night and wind.
 
 Like mist have also faded away
 the blue little stars
 through which my joys and agonies
 were smiled into my heart.
 
 Alas, my love itself
 has vanished, like a vain breath!
 You old, lonely tear,
 flow down then and be gone!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 27 CAT DUT DUT FRE FRE ITA FRE HUN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eyvind Alnæs, Emma Babnigg, Heike Beckmann, Heinrich Bellermann, Julius Benoni, Hans von Blome, János Bókay, Nadia Boulanger, Hans Bronsart, Pyotr Petrovich Bulakhov, Hans Guido, Freiherr von Bülow, Jeannette Antonie Bürde, Akos von Buttykay, Peter Cornelius, Carl Heinrich Cornill, Anton Antonovich Derfeldt, Bernard van Dieren, Aleksandr Ivanovich Dyubyuk, O. Esfonde, Alexander Fesca, Friedrich Fetzer, Robert Franz, Fr. Gartner, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, Ferdinand Gumbert, Aleksandr Lvovich Gurilyov, Stephen Heller, Robert Hermann, M. Hermann-Ehren, Béla Hiloczky, Caspar René Hirschfeld, Voiczek Ivanovich Hlavác, Otto Jaritz, Emil Kauffmann, Genady Osipovich Korganov, Franz Paul Lachner, Eduard Lassen, Martin Lesser, Alfred von Lindheim, jun., Heinrich Lorscheidt, L. Lüdecke, Carl Lührss, George Alexander MacFarren, Ladislao de Makray, Leonid Dimitrievitch Malashkin, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Ernest Nikolayevich Merten, Victor Ernst Nessler, Sigismund von Neukomm, R. Nietzsche, Alfred Reisenauer, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Josef Roch, Scott Root, Hermann Schellenberg, G. Scheller, Peter Petrovich Schenk, Adolf Schimon, J. C. Schmidt, Robert Schumann, Ferdinand Sieber, Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, Julius Stern, Sigismund Thalberg, Feofil Matveyevich Tolstoy, Th. Trendelenburg, Frank Valentin Van der Stucken, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Otto Wangemann, Johannes Wendel, Heinrich Rudolph Willmers, A. Woeltge, Carl Zerrahn. Go to the text.

 

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