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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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What wrong, O father, have I done thee?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What wrong, O father, have I done thee?
Thou'st broken my heart and care'st not for me!

I've broken my troth, thy will to obey,
But Ah! I shall love him for ever and aye.

He lives in me still, but I am dead;
Thy ban is the dirge that floats over my head!

Now heart and spirit are rudely torn,
Canst thou not pity thy child forlorn?

And ere my weary eyes close fast,
Oh! Mingle thy tears with mine at last!

By the old church wall, 'neath the Elder's shade,
Where my mother lies, there let me be laid.


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From the Moszkowski score.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:20
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Word count: 101