by Franz Xaver Seidl (1845 - 1892)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Und wenn es Gott nicht anders will
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Und wenn es Gott nicht anders will,
Ergib' dich drein und harre still,
Mein Lieb, wir müssen scheiden.
Manch' Brieflein schreib' ich aus der Fern' ,
Ich hab' kein And're jemals gern,
Das sei dein Trost im Leiden. 

Und wenn uns auch die Ferne trennt,
Mein Herz, dass sich dein eigen nennt,
Bleibt ja bei dir zu Hause.
Allabends bei der Sterne Schein,
Da kommen die Gedanken sein
In deine stille Klause. 

Im Garten ist ein kleiner Platz,
Du weißt ihn wohl, mein lieber Schatz,
Dort unter blauem Flieder. 
Ein Vöglein sitzt in seinem Ast, 
Hier lausche, wenn du Sehnsucht hast, 
Es singt:  "Wir seh'n uns wieder!"

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Confirmed with Deutscher Sänger-Kalender, vierter Jahrgang, Eichstätt und Stuttgart: Krüll'sche Buchhandlung, 1878, page 77.


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And if God does not wish it to be...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And if God does not wish it to be otherwise,
Then submit to it and abide quietly;
My love, we must part.
Many a letter I shall write from far away,
And I shall never be fond of another woman,
May that be your comfort in suffering.

And though we are separated by distance,
My heart, which calls itself your own,
Nevertheless stays at home with you.
Every evening by starlight
Its thoughts enter
Your quiet retreat.

In the garden there is a little spot,
You know it well, my dear treasure,
There under the blue lilac.
A birdlet sits upon its branch.
Listen here when you feel a yearning,
It sings: "We shall see each other again!"

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Translations of title(s):
"Abschied" = "Farewell"
"Im Volkston" = "In a folk-like style"
"Liebestrost" = "Comfort of love"
"Und wenn es Gott nicht anders will" = "And if God does not wish it to be otherwise"
"Wir seh'n uns wieder" = "We shall see each other again"


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