Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ach Gott, wem soll ich klagen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ach Gott, wem soll ich klagen
Das heimlich' Leiden mein?
Mein Buehl ist mir verjaget,
Bringt meinem Herzen Pein.
Soll ich mich von ihm scheiden,
Tuet meinem Herzen weh.
So schwing' ich mich über die Heiden,
Du g'sichst mich nimmer me.

Ich hätt' auf ihn gebauet
Als auf ein'n herren Stein.
Es hat mich sehr gereuet,
Die Lieb' ist worden klein.
Kann ich an ihm wohl spüren,
Er ist voll arger List
Und hat an mir gesprochen,
Daran kein Zweifel ist.

E. Lassen sets stanza 1
J. Techritz sets stanza 1

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Line count: 16
Word count: 81

Ah God, to whom should I lament
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah God, to whom should I lament
My secret suffering?
My lover had been chased away;
That brings my heart pain.
That I am to part from my love
Makes my heart sore.
So I shall betake myself off over the heath,
You shall never see me again.

I would have counted on him
As upon a solid rock.
I have rued it mightily,
Love has grown small.
I can well perceive it in him,
He is full of evil guile
And has spoken things to me
Of which there can be no doubt.

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Translations of title(s):
"Ach Gott, wem soll ich klagen" = "Ah God, to whom should I lament"
"Ach Gott, wem soll ich's klagen" = "Ah God, to whom should I lament it"
"Ich sehe dich nimmermehr" = "I shall never see you again"
"Liebesklage" = "Lament of love"
"Verscheucht" = "Chased away"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-07-05
Line count: 16
Word count: 94