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Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Oh kehr' zurück, du meine Wonne!
Der Blume gleich in dunkler Nacht
Entbehrt meine Seele die Sonne,
Wenn dein roter Mund mir nicht lacht.

Warum so weit von meinem Herzen,
Und so weit, ach, von meinem Kuß!
Oh herbes Leid, Oh Trennungsschmerzen,
Oh welche Pein ich haben muss!

Von hier bis dort wie viele Felder,
Wie viel Städte an Bach und Fluss,
Wie viele Höh'n, wie viele Wälder,
Ach! ermüden meines Rosses Fuß!

Submitted by Emily Ezust


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Absence", written 1838, appears in La Comédie de la Mort, Paris, Éd. Desessart, first published 1838 ENG ENG ITA ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges Baudouin, Hector Berlioz, Georges Bizet, Émile Bourgeois, Montserrat Campmany i Cortés, Auguste Cœdès, Paul Combes, Arthur Coquard, Paul-Charles-Marie Curet, as Paul Puget, Félicien César David, Joseph Depret, Charlotte Devéria, Alberto Ghislanzoni, Manuel Giró, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Léon Charles François Kreutzer, Louis Lacombe, Paul-Jean-Jacques Lacome d'Estalenx, Ernest Lavigne, Charles Lefebvre, John Parrott, Édouard Pascal, Felipe Pedrell, Émile Pessard, Jules Philipot, Albert Renaud, Gaston Sarreau, Jacques-Michel Zoubaloff. Go to the text.

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  • Also set in French (Français), original text by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872) , title 1: "Absence", from La Comédie de la Mort, published 1838 ENG ITA GER ENG by Georges Bizet, Ernest Lavigne, Hector Berlioz, Félicien César David, Montserrat Campmany i Cortés, Paul Combes, Joseph Depret, Charles Lefebvre, Émile Pessard, Felipe Pedrell, Léon Charles François Kreutzer, Édouard Pascal, Jules Philipot, Auguste Cœdès, Émile Bourgeois, Charlotte Devéria, Manuel Giró, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Arthur Coquard, Gaston Sarreau, Paul Charles Marie Puget, John Parrott, Joseph Depret, Georges Baudouin, Jacques-Michel Zoubaloff, Alberto Ghislanzoni, Louis Lacombe, Albert Renaud.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Theodore Baker (1851 - 1934) , title unknown ITA GER by Arthur Hyde.

Text added to the website: 2012-07-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:00
Line count: 12
Word count: 73

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