Translation Singable translation by Edward Oxenford (1846 - 1929)

Und willst du von mir scheiden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[Und willst du]1 von mir scheiden,
  [Mein herzgeliebter Knab',]2
Soll Alles Dich begleiten,
  Was [ich von Freuden hab'.]3
Mir bleibt, wenn du geschieden,
  Mein traurig Herz allein;
Fahr' hin, [mein Lieb,]4 in Frieden!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

Ihm ward zur [Hut]5 gegeben
  Mein Glück und meine Ruh';
Ach, Glück und Ruh' [und]6 Leben,
  Herzlieb, das [bist]7 ja du!
Und bist [mir du]8 geschieden,
  Flieht auch der Engel mein;
Fahr' hin, [mein Lieb,]4 in Frieden!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

O [daß]9 er dir verschwiege,
  Was dich betrüben mag,
Wie ich verlassen liege
  In Sehnsucht Nacht und Tag!
Mein Bild soll mit dir gehen
  Im alten Freudenschein;
Fahr' hin, auf Wiedersehen!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

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Confirmed with Wilhelm Hertz, Gedichte, Hamburg: Hofmann und Campe, 1859, pages 47-48.

1 Breu: "Wenn du willst"; Leavitt: "Und musst du"; Rheinberger: "So willst du"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Abt: "muß ich verlassen sein,"
3 Abt: "je an Freuden mein."
4 Abt: "fahr' hin"
5 Wurm: "Hand"
6 Reger, Wurm: "im"
7 Kienzel, wurm: "ist" [this needs to be double-checked
8 Abt, Kienzl, Wurm: "du mir"
9 Jensen: "da"
Note: the poem is preceded by the following:
Daz iuwer min engel walte!
Alter Gruß.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Florence Z. Marshall) , "Good angels watch o'er thee"
  • ENG English [singable] (Edward Oxenford) , "My angel shall guard you!"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Et si tu veux te séparer de moi", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 113

My angel shall guard you!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And if good-bye you bid me,
  My own and dearest boy,
Upon your way take with you
  My wish for ev'ry joy.
Alas! When we are parted,
  My heart its fate will rue;
Good-bye, my love! My Angel
  Shall guard keep over you!

The peace of my existence
  I placed within his care;
Ah, me! 't is you, my dearest,
  Who makes this earth seem fair!
And if you now must leave me,
  My Angel will go too;
Good-bye, my love! My Angel
  Shall guard keep over you!

O, may you ne'er be conscious
  Of what might give you pain,
Of loneliness and longing
  That in my heart remain!
My image shall be with you,
  All joyous, bright as dew;
Good-bye, my love! My Angel
  Shall guard keep over you!

From the Reger score.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2021-06-30
Line count: 24
Word count: 130