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O banger Traum, was flatterst du Mit schwarzen [Flügeln]1 um mein Haupt? Du hast mir, du, die ganze Ruh Aus meinem Herzen wild geraubt. Ich träum', ich steh an Baches Rand, Die Trauerweide hängt herein, Die Quelle schwand, verdorrt im Sand Sind all die blauen Vergißnichtmein. Vergessen, ach! vergessen sein Vom liebsten Herzen in der Welt, Das ist allein die schwerste Pein, Die auf ein Menschenherze fällt.
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Confirmed with Gedichte von Wilhelm Osterwald, Halle, Druck und Verlag von Eb. Heynemann, 1848, page 89, titled "Vergessen". Note: this poem was titled "Erinnerung" in the 1873 edition.1 Franz: "Flügel"
- by (Karl) Wilhelm Osterwald (1820 - 1887), title 1: "Vergessen", title 2: "Erinnerung", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch: Lieder, no. 54, first published 1848 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Robert Franz (1815 - 1892), "Vergessen", op. 5 (Zwölf Gesänge) no. 10, published 1846 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Whistling [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Eduard Karl Nössler (1863 - 1943), "Vergessen", op. 8 (Vier Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 3, published 1887 [voice and piano], Bremen, Präger & Meier [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Eugen von Taund (b. 1856), "O banger Traum", op. 4, published 1881 [voice and piano], from Zwei Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte, no. 2, Wien, Gutmann [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Harry Joelson , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2010-11-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 67
Oh anxious dream, why do you flutter With black wings around my head? You have, you, all rest From my wild heart stolen. I dream, I stand at the creek’s edge, The weeping willow hangs [there], The spring dwindled away, dried up in the sand Are all of the blue forget-me-nots. Forgetting, ah! to be [forgotten] From the dearest heart in the world, That is alone the hardest pain Which upon a human heart falls.
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Translations of title(s):
"O banger Traum" = "Oh anxious dream"
"Erinnerung" = "Memory"
"Vergessen" = "Forgetting"
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by (Karl) Wilhelm Osterwald (1820 - 1887), title 1: "Vergessen", title 2: "Erinnerung", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch: Lieder, no. 54, first published 1848
This text was added to the website: 2019-01-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 75