Translation Singable translation by Florence Z. Marshall

Und willst du von mir scheiden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[Und willst du]1 von mir scheiden,
  [Mein herzgeliebter Knab',]2
Soll Alles Dich begleiten,
  Was [ich von Freuden hab'.]3
Mir bleibt, wenn du geschieden,
  Mein traurig Herz allein;
Fahr' hin, [mein Lieb,]4 in Frieden!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

Ihm ward zur [Hut]5 gegeben
  Mein Glück und meine Ruh';
Ach, Glück und Ruh' [und]6 Leben,
  Herzlieb, das [bist]7 ja du!
Und bist [mir du]8 geschieden,
  Flieht auch der Engel mein;
Fahr' hin, [mein Lieb,]4 in Frieden!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

O [daß]9 er dir verschwiege,
  Was dich betrüben mag,
Wie ich verlassen liege
  In Sehnsucht Nacht und Tag!
Mein Bild soll mit dir gehen
  Im alten Freudenschein;
Fahr' hin, auf Wiedersehen!
  Mein Engel hüte dein!

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Confirmed with Wilhelm Hertz, Gedichte, Hamburg: Hofmann und Campe, 1859, pages 47-48.

1 Breu: "Wenn du willst"; Leavitt: "Und musst du"; Rheinberger: "So willst du"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Abt: "muß ich verlassen sein,"
3 Abt: "je an Freuden mein."
4 Abt: "fahr' hin"
5 Wurm: "Hand"
6 Reger, Wurm: "im"
7 Kienzel, wurm: "ist" [this needs to be double-checked
8 Abt, Kienzl, Wurm: "du mir"
9 Jensen: "da"
Note: the poem is preceded by the following:
Daz iuwer min engel walte!
Alter Gruß.

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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)

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Florence Z. Marshall) , "Good angels watch o'er thee"
  • ENG English [singable] (Edward Oxenford) , "My angel shall guard you!"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Et si tu veux te séparer de moi", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 113

Good angels watch o'er thee
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And willst though go away, dear,
And leave me here alone,
Then all the joys go with thee,
That I can call my own.
My sad heart and my sorrow
Are all that's left to me;
Farewell, dear love, be happy!
Good Angels watch o'er thee!
 
My happiness and peace, dear,
Are so bound up in you.
Ah, happiness and peace, dear,
To me mean only you!
Dark, dreary lies before me
My life that is to be;
Farewell, dear love, be happy!
Good Angels watch o'er thee!
 
Oh, mayst thou never know, dear,
Aught that might trouble thee,
How sad, alone, forsaken,
I long thy face to see!
Nay, think me glad and radiant,
As once I used to be;
Farewell, dear love, be happy!
Good Angels watch o'er thee!

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2012-05-11
Line count: 24
Word count: 131