by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation Singable translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE ITA
Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden,
Die sich dereinst geliebt,
Das ist ein großes Leiden,
Wie's [größ'res nimmer]1 gibt.
Es klingt das Wort so traurig gar:
Fahr' wohl, fahr' wohl auf immerdar!
Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden,
Die sich dereinst geliebt.

[Da]2 ich zuerst empfunden,
Daß Liebe brechen mag:
Mir war's, als sei verschwunden
Die Sonn' am hellen Tag.
[Mir klang's im Ohre]3 wunderbar:
Fahr' wohl, fahr' wohl auf immerdar!
[Da]4 ich zuerst empfunden,
Daß Liebe brechen mag.

Mein Frühling ging zur Rüste,
Ich weiß es wohl, warum;
Die [Lippe, die mich]5 küßte,
[Ist worden kühl]6 und stumm. 
Das eine Wort nur sprach sie klar:
Fahr' wohl, fahr' wohl auf immerdar! 
Mein Frühling ging zur Rüste,
Ich weiß es wohl, warum.

F. Mendelssohn sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Kücken, Mendelssohn: "größer keines"; Bolko von Hochberg: "größ'res keines"
2 Henkel, Randhartinger: "Als"
3 Kücken, Mendelssohn: "Im Ohre klang mir's"; Bolko von Hochberg: "Wie klang's im Ohre"
4 Henkel: "Als"
5 Bolko von Hochberg: "Lippen, die ich"
6 Bolko von Hochberg: "Sind worden kalt"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Quan dos cors se separen", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "When two young hearts must sever"
  • FRE French (Français) (Dina Levias) , "Quand deux cœurs se désunissent", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Nicola Sfredda) , "Quando si separano due cuori", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 120

When two young hearts must sever
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When two young hearts must sever,
That once have fondly lov'd
That is a grief, can never,
Ah! never be remov'd.
How strikes that word the heart full sore
Fare-well, fare-well for ever more.



When first I felt, was bannish'd
The love so lately mine,
It seem'd as if had vanish'd
The suns bright mid-day shine.
Strange on the ear those accents pour,
Fare-well, fare-well for ever more.



When joyful spring is ended,
My youthful hopes grown old;
Those lips, with mine once blended,
Are silent, stern and cold.
One cruel word she spoke. no more,
Fare-well, fare-well for ever more.

From the Kücken score.

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Researcher for this text: Gerhard Dangel

This text was added to the website: 2009-08-24
Line count: 18
Word count: 101