by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Rufus Hallmark

Denke, denke, mein Geliebter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Denke, denke, mein Geliebter, 
Meiner alten Lieb und Treue,
Denke, wie aus freud'gem Herzen, 
Sonder Harm und sonder Reue,
[Frei das Wort ich dir]1 gegeben,
Dich zu lieben, dir zu leben
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

Ach! er kam, besah die Felder 
Und das Haus, der Mutter Erbe,
Sprach und feilschte mit dem Vater, 
Der befahl gestreng und herbe. --
Eitel war das Wort gesprochen, 
Herz und Treu sind gebrochen --
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

Und der Priester mit dem Munde 
Sprach den Segen unverdrossen,
Unerhöret, einem Bunde, 
Der im Himmel nicht geschlossen. --
Zieh von hinnen! zieh von hinnen!
Andres Glück dir zu gewinnen,
Suche dir ein andres Lieb!

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1 Bergh: "Frei ich dir das Wort"


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  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 21
Word count: 108

Remember, just remember, my beloved
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Remember, just remember, my beloved,
My old and faithful love,
Remember how I, with joyful heart,
With no sorrow and with no regret,
Freely gave you my word,
To love you, to live for you--
                Find yourself another love!
Ah! he came, inspected the land
And the house, my mother's inheritance,
Talked and bargained with Father,
Who dictated strictly and sharply.--
In vain our pledge was spoken,
Heart and faithfulness are broken--
                Find yourself another love!
And the priest with his lips
Spoke the blessing, unhesitatingly,
Scandalously, on a union,
That was not made in heaven.--
Go away from here! Go away from here!
To win a different fortune,
                Find yourself another love!

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Note: Translation written with assistance from Harald Krebs.


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Line count: 21
Word count: 113