by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Ach wärst du mein, es wär' ein schönes...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
[Ach]1 wärst du mein, es wär' ein schönes Leben!
So aber ists Entsagen nur und Trauern,
[Und]2 ein verlornes Grollen und Bedauern;
Ich kann es meinem Schicksal nicht vergeben.

Undank tut wohl und jedes Leid der Erde;
Ja! meine [Freund']3 in Särgen, Leich' an Leiche,
Sind ein gelinder Gram, wenn ichs vergleiche
Dem Schmerz, daß ich dich nie besitzen werde.

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1 Strauss: "O"
2 Strauss: "Nur"
3 Strauss: "Freud' "

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To *", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "A *", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Ach, was ‘k bij jou, hoe mooi was dan...
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ach1, was ‘k bij jou, hoe mooi was dan het leven!
Nu echter is ’t ontberen slechts en treuren,
[En een]2 wanhopig wrokken en betreuren;
Ik kan het echt mijn noodlot niet vergeven.

Ondank is goed, en ieder leed schept orde;
Ja, vriend na vriend begraven - steeds maar lijken -
Is niet zo’n groot verdriet, te vergelijken
Met ’t leed, dat jij toch nooit mijn vrouw zult worden.

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Translations of title(s):
"Ach wärst du mein, es wär' ein schön'res Leben" = "Ach, was ‘k bij jou, hoe mooi was dan het leven!"
"Ach wärst du mein!" = "Ach, was ‘k bij jou!"
"An *" = "Aan *"
"O wärst du mein!" = "O, was ‘k bij jou!"

1 Strauss: "O"
2 Strauss: "Alleen"

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Text added to the website: 2019-02-24 00:00:00
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