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Die Verlassene

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Einst führte dich das Schicksal mir entgegen,
Tief in dem Herzen fühlt' ich mich getroffen,
Und fand ich dich, Geliebter, auf den Wegen,
Mein Aug' sich senkte, der Himmel war mir offen.
Verloren ist die Lieb', ich fühl's mit Beben,
Mein Aug' sich senkt, verwelket ist das Leben!
Verloren ist die Lieb', ich fühl's mit Beben,
Mein Aug' sich senket, ja verwelket ist mein Leben!

Nimm in die Hand ein Messerlein von Golde,
Stoss es ins Herz mir ohne Furcht noch Zagen;
[Dann]1 sieh, wem ich mein Dasein geben wollte,
Und wem allein dies arme Herz geschlagen.
Ob Wahrheit darin wohnt und Lieb' und Treue,
Das künde dann mein brechend Herz auf's Neue.
Ob Wahrheit darin wohnt und Lieb' und Treue,
Das künde dann mein brechend Herz auf's Neue.


Translation(s): ENG

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1 Viardot's score likely has a typo here ("Denn")


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The forsaken one", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2013-08-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:59
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Word count: 129

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The forsaken one

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Once fate led you toward me,
Deep within my heart I felt myself wounded
And when I came upon you, beloved, in the streets,
I lowered my eyes; the heavens were opened for me.
Love is lost, I feel it with trembling,
I lower my eyes, life is wilted!
Love is lost, I feel it with trembling,
I lower my eyes, my life is wilted!

Take into your hand a little knife of gold,
Plunge it into my heart without fear or hesitation;
Then see to whom I wanted to give my whole existence,
And for whom alone this poor heart beat.
If truth lives therein and love and faithfulness,
To that may my breaking heart bear witness anew.
If truth lives therein and love and faithfulness,
To that may my breaking heart bear witness anew.


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Text added to the website: 2013-09-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
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Word count: 136