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Viel böse Zeit hab' ich verzehrt, eh' ich dich hab' gefunden: Es hat die Welt mein Herz versehrt mit vielen roten Wunden. Die Weiber fand ich falsch und schwank und keine hatte Treue: Da ward das Herz mir zag und krank, der Minne halt' ich Reue. Doch du bist treu, dir trau' ich gern; läßt du dich falsch erfinden, Wird auch dem schönen Morgenstern sein heller Glanz erblinden.
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Confirmed with Felix Dahn's Sämtliche Werke poetischen Inhalts, Band XVI, Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1898, page 69.
- by Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn (1834 - 1912), no title, appears in Schlichte Weisen, no. 15 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Max Zenger (1837 - 1911), "Viel böse Zeit hab' ich verzehrt", op. 13 (Fünf Lieder für Sopran, Alt, Tenor und Bass) no. 3, published 1873 [ satb quartet ], Mainz: Schott [sung text not yet checked]
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "I wasted much evil time", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2019-11-04
Line count: 6
Word count: 68
I wasted much evil time before I found you: The world has hurt my heart with many red wounds. I found women to be false and fickle and none of them were faithful: My heart became timid and sick, I rued love. But you are faithful; I trust you gladly; if it were found that you were false The bright radiance of the lovely morning star would also go out.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn (1834 - 1912), no title, appears in Schlichte Weisen, no. 15
This text was added to the website: 2019-12-11
Line count: 6
Word count: 70