Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Als wir schieden, da war's am Himmel...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Als wir schieden, da war's am Himmel stürmisch und trübe,
  Lag die Erde [so]1 kalt, schwiegen die Vögel im Tal.
Jahre schwanden indes, noch stürmt mir immer der Himmel,
  Liegt die Erde mir kalt, singt mir kein Vogel im Tal.

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Confirmed with Justinus Kerner Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 192.

1 Lang: "mir"


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 (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Adieu", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Congedo", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Joanna Lonergan , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2005-03-23
Line count: 4
Word count: 40

Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quand nous nous sommes quittés, le ciel était orageux et trouble,
La terre était si froide, les oiseaux se taisaient dans la vallée.
Des années ont passé depuis, mais pour moi le ciel est toujours orageux,
La terre est toujours froide, aucun oiseau ne chante pour moi dans la vallée.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-03-28
Line count: 4
Word count: 50