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Lethe! Brich die Fesseln des Ufers,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Lethe! Brich die Fesseln des Ufers, gieße 
Aus der Schattenwelt mir herüber deine 
Welle, daß den Wunden der bangen Seel' ich
  Trinke Genesung.1

Frühling kommt mit Duft und Gesang und Liebe,
Will wie sonst mir sinken ans Herz; doch schlägt ihm 
Nicht das Herz entgegen wie sonst. -- O Lethe! 
  Sende die Welle!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Kienzl adds the echo "Daß ich Trinke Genesung"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Peter Palmer) , "Longing to forget", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Désir d'oubli", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Longing to forget

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Lethe! Burst the fetters of your banks, pour 
your wave across to me from the world of shadows,
That I may drink a cure for the wounds 
  Of a frightened soul.

Spring brings fragrance and song and love,
Wanting as usual to fall on my breast;
But my heart does not beat its usual response. -- O Lethe!
  Send the wave!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), "Sehnsucht nach Vergessen", written 1822, appears in Gedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch, in Oden FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ella Adaïewsky, Carl Banck, Moritz Bauer, Albert Ernst Anton Becker, Mary Clement, née Mary Wilcken, Anton Eberhardt, Emil Ehrismann, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Robert Kahn, Wilhelm Kienzl, Alberto Nepomuceno, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Johann Heinrich Samuel "Marcel" Sulzberger, Severin Warteresiewicz, Karl Weigl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-05-14 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:22
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Word count: 60