We parted, and in anger, With half-averted eye, You gave back ev'ry token Of joyous hours gone by; But one long day of absence Chased anger from my mind, And I remember'd only How good thou wert, how kind; With sadden'd heart I sought thee, Thy brow was clouded yet, -- Forgive as I forgive thee; Forget, as I forget. The chain of pure affection Was never snapt apart By thoughtless words of anger Which came not from the heart; And yet for worlds I would not Such hours of anguish live, Not even for the pleasure Of hearing thee forgive; By all the pangs I suffered, By all thy past regret, Forgive, as I forgive thee; Forget, as I forget.
Confirmed with The Nerves, J. T. Wood, London, 1865, page 3.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, "Forgive as I forgive" [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 Franz Wilhelm Abt (1819 - 1885), "Forgive as I forgive", op. 433a (Vier Lieder aus dem Englischen für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Pianoforte) no. 1, published 1872 [ voice and piano ], St. Louis, Balmer & Weber; a publisher reused this opus number in 1907 so we have added the letter 'a', also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text not yet checked]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by C. Zincken ; composed by Franz Wilhelm Abt.
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