by Alfred Henschke (1890 - 1928), as Jucundus Fröhlich Klabund
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
"Du gabst mir immer wieder
Dein Herz und deine Lieder,
Ich nahm sie sorglos hin.
Nun muß ich dich betrüben:
Ich [darf]1 dich [nicht mehr]2 lieben,
Weil ich nicht dein mehr bin."

"Und liebst du einen andern,
[Will]3 ich ins Weite wandern,
Mir wird so enge hier.
Wie schmerzlich blüht der Flieder!
Mein Herz und meine Lieder,
[Ich lasse sie bei dir]4."

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Confirmed with Klabund Gesammelte Gedichte Lyrik Balladen Chansons, Wien: Phaidon-Verlag, 1930, page 231.

1 Mengelberg "kann"
2 Orff: "nimmer"
3 Mengelberg "Muß"
4 Orff: "Die lasse ich bei dir"


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Dialogue", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dialogue", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
« Encore et encore, tu me donnas
Ton cœur et tes chansons,
Je les ai acceptés sans souci.
Il me faut maintenant te peiner :
Je ne puis plus t'aimer,
Car je ne suis plus tienne. »

« Si tu en aimes un autre,
Je vais voyager au loin,
On est tant à l'étroit ici.
Comme les fleurs du lilas font mal !
Mon cœur et mes chansons,
Je les laisse auprès de toi. »


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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 75