by Franz Alfred Muth (1839 - 1890)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Fahr' wohl, fahr' wohl auf immerdar
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Fahr' wohl, fahr' wohl auf immerdar, 
Du Städtlein in dem Grunde,
Du Jugendzeit so wunderbar,
Ade zu dieser Stunde!
Noch glänzt ein Licht im Vaterhaus --
Ich muß zur weiten Welt hinaus.

  Am Pfade dicht die Rose blüht,
So duftig rot, so eigen;
Ich schau' auf sie -- die Thräne glüht,
Da jedes Wort muß schweigen.
Ich grüße still zu Thal, zu Thal
[Vieltausendmal, vieltausendmal.]1

  Still brech' ich mir die Rose[,] glüh
Und netze sie mit Thränen,
Dann wend' ich mich, so weh wie nie,
Wie nie das Herz voll Sehnen.
Doch einmal grüß' ich noch zu Thal 
[Vieltausendmal, vieltausendmal.]1

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Confirmed with Franz Alfred Muth, Waldblumen, Dritte, durchaus ausgewählte und reich vermehrte Auflage, Paderborn: Druck und Verlag von Ferdinand Schöningh, 1885, page 108.

1 Rheinberger: "Viel tausendmal, viel tausendmal!"


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Farewell, farewell forever
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Farewell, farewell forever,
Ye little town in the vale,
Ye my youth so wondrous,
Adieu at this time!
A light still shines in my father's house --
I must go out into the wide world.

  Close beside the path, the rose blooms,
So scented red, so distinctive;
I look upon it -- my tears burn,
Since every word must fall silent.
I send a quiet greeting into the valley, the valley
Many thousands of times, many thousands of times.

  Silently I pick the rose for myself, come aglow
And bedew it with tears,
Then I turn aside, more heart-sore than I ever was,
My heart more full of yearning than ever before.
But once more I send a greeting into the valley,
Many thousands of times, many thousands of times.

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Translations of title(s):
"Fahr' wohl" = "Farewell"
"Scheiden" = "Parting"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-04-10
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Word count: 129