by Joseph Karl Bernard (1780 - 1850)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Vergebliche Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Ja, ich weiß es, diese treue Liebe
Hegt umsonst mein wundes Herz;
Wenn mir nur die kleinste Hoffnung bliebe:
Reich belohnet wär' mein Schmerz!

Aber auch die Hoffnung ist vergebens,
Kenn' ich doch ihr grausam Spiel.
Trotz der Treue meines [heissen]1 Strebens
Fliehet ewig mich das Ziel. -

Dennoch lieb' ich, dennoch hoff' ich immer,
Ohne Liebe, ohne Hoffnung treu;
Lassen kann ich diese Liebe nimmer,
Mit ihr bricht das Herz entzwey!

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Confirmed with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen. Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli. Dritter Jahrgang 1814. Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, page 199.

1 omitted by Schubert

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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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Amor inútil", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vergeefse liefde", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Futile love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Amour inutile", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-06-01 04:42:52
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Amor inútil
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sí, ho sé, aquest amor fidel
roman inútilment en el meu cor ferit!
Si tan sols em restés la més petita esperança,
prou recompensa tindria el meu dolor!

Però fins i tot és inútil l’esperança,
car jo bé conec el seu joc cruel!
Malgrat la fidelitat dels meus esforços,
l’objectiu sempre em defuig!

I tanmateix jo estimo, tanmateix espero, sempre
sense amor, sense veritable esperança;
de cap manera puc deixar aquest amor!
Per ell, a trossos se’m trenca el cor!

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Text added to the website: 2016-04-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-04-29 18:01:09
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