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Gar fröhlich kann ich scheiden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gar fröhlich kann ich scheiden,
Ich hätt' es nicht gemeint;
Die Trennung bringt sonst Leiden,
Doch fröhlich kann ich scheiden:
Sie hat um mich geweint.

Wie trag' ich dieß Entzücken
In stummer Brust vereint?
Es will mich fast erdrücken,
Wie trag' ich dieß Entzücken?
Sie hat um mich geweint!

Ihr Alpen, See'n und Auen,
Du Mond, der sie bescheint,
Euch will ich mich vertrauen: 
Ihr Alpen, See'n und Auen!
Sie hat um mich geweint.

Und sterb' ich in der Fremde,
Mir [dünkt]1 nicht fürchterlich
Der Schlaf im Leichenhemde;
Denn, sterb' ich in der Fremde,
So weint sie wohl um mich.

Translation(s): CAT DUT

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner. Wien, gedruckt bey J. P. Sollinger. 1825, pages 154-155; with Gedichte von Karl Gottfried Ritter v. Leitner. Zweite sehr vermehrte Auflage. Hannover. Victor Lohse. 1857, page 97; and with Huldigung den Frauen. Ein neues Taschenbuch von J. F. Castelli, für das Jahr 1824. Leipzig, im Industrie-Comptoir, pages 199-200 (here as the first of Drei Liebeslieder).

Note: Schubert adds a repetition of stanza 1 at the end of the poem (with "Drum fröhlich ..." instead of "Gar fröhlich ...").

1 Leitner (1825 edition): "däucht"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vrolijk scheiden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-10-03 06:51:55

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Vrolijk scheiden

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Best vrolijk kan ik scheiden,
Al schokte mij het feit;
Een scheiding brengt meest lijden,
Maar vrolijk kan ik scheiden:
Zij heeft om mij geschreid.
Hoe draag ik de verrukking?
Mijn hart weet geen bescheid.
Het brengt mij in verdrukking.
Hoe draag ik de verrukking?
Zij heeft om mij geschreid.
Jullie, Alpen, meren, velden,
Jij maan, die licht verspreidt,
Bij u kom ik mij melden;
Jullie, Alpen, meren, velden:
Zij heeft om mij geschreid!
En sterf ik in den vreemde,
't Geeft mij geen tobberij,
De doodsslaap als ontheemde;
Want sterf ik in den vreemde,
Dan schreit zij wel om mij.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Gottfried von Leitner (1800 - 1890), "Fröhliches Scheiden", written 1821, first published 1824 CAT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Friedrich August Hering, Franz Peter Schubert, Sigismund Thalberg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-06-29 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:27

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