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Maid of Athens, ere we part
Language: English 
Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh give me back my heart!
Or, since that has left my breast,
Keep it now, and take the rest!
Hear my vow before I go,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
By those tresses unconfined,
Woo'd by each Ægean wind;
By those lids whose jetty fringe
Kiss thy soft cheeks' blooming tinge;
By those wild eyes like the roe,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
By that lip I long to taste;
By that zone-encircled waist;
By all the token-flowers that tell
What words can never speak so well;
By love's alternate joy and woe,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
Maid of Athens! I am gone:
Think of me, sweet! when alone.
Though I fly to Istambol,
Athens holds my heart and soul:
Can I cease to love thee? No! 
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.

J. Barnett sets stanzas 1, 4
J. Coulthard sets stanzas 1-2, 4

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Note: Byron translated the Greek refrain as "My life, I love thee." On the Coulthard score, it is translated "My soul, I love thee."

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Leopold Lenz.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "Lied" CZE FRE ; composed by Hugo von Senger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Wilhelm Herzberg.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Wilhelm Alexander Knappe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Eduard Lassen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Carl Lührss.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Robert von Hornstein.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Alexander Winterberger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Alexander Winterberger.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Giuseppina Turrisi Colonna (1822 - 1848) CZE FRE GER GER ; composed by Pietro Cimino.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE GER GER ; composed by Vincenzo Puccita.

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Text added to the website: 2008-07-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-05-23 08:24:40
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Abschied von Athen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Gib mein Herz, o Mädchen von Athen,
Gib's zurück eh' wir von dannen gehn,
Oder wenn es sich der Brust entstahl,
Sei es dein, sei dein das andre all. 
Horch dem Schwur der scheidend mir entfloh:
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.

Bei der Locken fessellosem Flug,
Die der Wind Aegaeens girrend trug,
Bei der seidnen Wimper dunkeln Rand,
Und zur Rosenwang sich küssend wand,
Bei dem Aug des Rehes rasch und froh
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.

[...]1

Mädchen von Athen, schon zieh ich hin,
Süße trag auch einsam mich im Sinn. 
Wenn mein Segel gleich nach Stambul eilt
Herz und Sinn doch in Athen verweilt. 
Dein vergeßen, wann könnt ich und wo?
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.

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Note: the text comes from the copy of Lenz's song made by Josephine Lang in one of her manuscript booklets.
1 A stanza is missing here (possibly not set by Lenz)

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2008-07-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:45
Line count: 19
Word count: 115