by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

So oft sie kam, erschien mir die Gestalt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
So oft sie kam, erschien mir die Gestalt
So lieblich wie das erste Grün im Wald.

Und was sie sprach, drang mir zum Herzen ein
Süß wie des Frühlings erstes Lied [im Hain]1.

Und als Lebwohl sie winkte mit der Hand,
War's, ob der letzte Jugendtraum mir schwand.

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Komen en weggaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Arrival and Parting", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Venir et se séparer", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Incontro e separazione", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Arrival and Parting
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Whenever she came, her image appeared to me
As beautiful as the first green of the forest.

And what she said penetrated my heart
As sweetly as the first song of spring [in the grove]1.

And when in farewell she waved with her hand,
It was as if the last dream of youth disappeared for me.

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1 omitted in the text Schumann set.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2008-01-09 00:00:00
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