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Was macht dir, Herzliebster!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was macht dir, Herzliebster!
Die Wange so blaß?
Was macht dir das Auge
Von Tränen so naß?

"O Liebchen!  Herzliebchen!
Wohl ist es mir weh;
Weit muß ich von hinnen
Weit über die See!"

[Und mußt du von hinnen]1
Dort über [die]2 See
Gibt's wohl noch ein Liebchen. 
Herzliebster! ade!

"Es scheinen viel Sterne
Am Himmelsgezelt,
Doch keiner von allen
Wie Luna gefällt."

So nimm nur dies Ringlein
Von Golde so schwer,
Und wird es zu eng dir,
[So wirf's in das Meer.]3

"So steck' nur dies Blümlein
An's klopfende Herz;
Und duftet's dir nimmer,
Verging auch dein Schmerz."

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Feyhl: "Was musst du von hinnen?"
2 Feyhl: "der"
3 Feyhl: "So wirf es in's Meer."

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-21.
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What is it, darling

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What is it, darling,
That makes your cheek so pale?
What makes your eyes
So wet with tears?

"Oh sweetheart! Darling!
I am certainly sorrowing;
I must go far from here,
Far across the sea!"

[And if you must go away from here,]1
There across the sea
There must be another sweetheart.
Darling! adieu!

"Many stars shine
On the canopy of heaven,
But none is so loved
As the moon is loved."

So only take this little ring
So heavy with gold,
And if it becomes too tight for you,
Then throw it into the sea.

"So only pin this little flower
Over your beating heart;
And when it no longer exudes fragrance,
Then your pain will have ceased too."

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Translated titles:
"Ade" = "Adieu"
"Volkslied" = "Folksong"
"Scheiden" = "Parting"

1 Feyhl: "Why must you go away from here?"


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