by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Donna (Bareket) Breitzer

Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne.
Ach, wohin gehst du, mein geliebtes Leben?
Den Tag, an dem du scheidest, wüßt' ich gerne;
Mit Thränen will ich das Geleit dir geben.
Mit Thränen will ich deinen Weg befeuchten --
Gedenk' an mich, und Hoffnung wird mir leuchten!
Mit Thränen bin ich bei dir allerwärts -- 
Gedenk' an mich, vergiß es nicht, mein Herz!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 4.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "I was told you were going far away", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Alberto Pedrotti , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-12-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 62

I was told you were going far away
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I was told you were going far away.
Ah, where do you go, my dearest love?
The day on which you depart, I would gladly know;
With tears will I grant you escort.
With tears will I moisten your path -
Think of me, and hope will glimmer for me!
With tears will I be with you everywhere -
Think of me - do not forget it, my heart!


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 69