by Karl Gottfried von Leitner (1800 - 1890)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Gar fröhlich kann ich scheiden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG
Gar fröhlich kann ich scheiden,
Ich hätt' es nicht gemeint;
Die Trennung bringt sonst Leiden,
Doch fröhlich kann ich scheiden:
Sie hat um mich geweint.

Wie trag' ich dieß Entzücken
In stummer Brust vereint?
Es will mich fast erdrücken,
Wie trag' ich dieß Entzücken?
Sie hat um mich geweint!

Ihr Alpen, See'n und Auen,
Du Mond, der sie bescheint,
Euch will ich mich vertrauen: 
Ihr Alpen, See'n und Auen!
Sie hat um mich geweint.

Und sterb' ich in der Fremde,
Mir [dünkt]1 nicht fürchterlich
Der Schlaf im Leichenhemde;
Denn, sterb' ich in der Fremde,
So weint sie wohl um mich.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner. Wien, gedruckt bey J. P. Sollinger. 1825, pages 154-155; with Gedichte von Karl Gottfried Ritter v. Leitner. Zweite sehr vermehrte Auflage. Hannover. Victor Lohse. 1857, page 97; and with Huldigung den Frauen. Ein neues Taschenbuch von J. F. Castelli, für das Jahr 1824. Leipzig, im Industrie-Comptoir, pages 199-200 (here as the first of Drei Liebeslieder).

Note: Schubert adds a repetition of stanza 1 at the end of the poem (with "Drum fröhlich ..." instead of "Gar fröhlich ...").

1 Leitner (1825 edition): "däucht"


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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vrolijk scheiden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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I can depart with real joy
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I can depart with real joy,
Which I had not expected;
Although separation brings suffering,
I can nevertheless depart joyfully:
She cried over me.

How can I bear this ecstasy
Wrapped in my dumb breast?
It will almost crush me,
How can I bear this ecstasy?
She cried over me!

Oh mountains, lakes and meadows,
Oh moon, which shines on her,
I shall entrust myself to you:
Oh mountains, lakes and meadows!
She cried over me!

And if I die in a foreign land,
I shall not consider it frightful
To sleep in a funeral shroud;
Because, if I die in a foreign land
She will really cry over me.

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Translations of title(s):
"Fröhliches Scheiden" = "Joyful departure"
"Scheiden" = "Departure"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-04-07
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Word count: 110