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Am Flusse

by Franz Schubert

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Am Flusse
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Verfliesset, vielgeliebte Lieder,
Zum Meere der Vergessenheit!
Kein Knabe sing’ entzückt euch wieder, 
Kein Mädchen in der Blütenzeit.

Ihr sanget nur von meiner Lieben; 
Nun spricht sie meiner Treue Hohn. 
Ihr wart ins Wasser eingeschrieben;
So fliesst denn auch mit ihm davon.

By the river
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Flow away, beloved songs,
into the sea of oblivion.
No enraptured youth, no maiden in the springtime 
of life will you ever sing again.

You told only of my beloved,
now she pours scorn on my constancy. 
You were inscribed upon the water; 
then with the water flow away.

Am Flusse
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By the river
English source: Richard Wigmore

Verfliesset, vielgeliebte Lieder,
Flow away, beloved songs,
Zum Meere der Vergessenheit!
into the sea of oblivion.
Kein Knabe sing’ entzückt euch wieder, 
No enraptured youth, no maiden in the springtime 
Kein Mädchen in der Blütenzeit.
of life will you ever sing again.

Ihr sanget nur von meiner Lieben; 
You told only of my beloved,
Nun spricht sie meiner Treue Hohn. 
now she pours scorn on my constancy. 
Ihr wart ins Wasser eingeschrieben;
You were inscribed upon the water; 
So fliesst denn auch mit ihm davon.
then with the water flow away.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on…

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