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Leiden der Trennung

by Franz Schubert

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Leiden der Trennung
German source: Heinrich Joseph von Collin

Vom Meere trennt sich die Welle,
Und seufzet durch Blumen im Tal,
Und fühlet, gewiegt in der Quelle,
Gebannt in dem Brunnen, nur Qual!

Es sehnt sich die Welle
In lispelnder Quelle,
Im murmelnden Bache,
Im Brunnengemache

Zum Meer, von dem sie kam,
von dem sie Leben nahm,
von dem, des Irrens matt und müde,
Sie süsse Ruh’ verhofft und Friede.

The Sorrow of Separation
English translation © Richard Wigmore

The wave is separated from the sea
and sighs amid the flowers in the valley;
cradled in the spring,
captive in the well, it feels nothing but torment.

In the whispering spring,
in the murmuring brook,
in the well-chamber,
the wave longs

For the sea from which it came,
from which it drew life,
from which, faint and weary with wandering,
it hopes for peace and sweet repose.

Leiden der Trennung
German source: Heinrich Joseph von Collin

The Sorrow of Separation
English source: Richard Wigmore

Vom Meere trennt sich die Welle,
The wave is separated from the sea
Und seufzet durch Blumen im Tal,
and sighs amid the flowers in the valley;
Und fühlet, gewiegt in der Quelle,
cradled in the spring,
Gebannt in dem Brunnen, nur Qual!
captive in the well, it feels nothing but torment.

Es sehnt sich die Welle
In the whispering spring,
In lispelnder Quelle,
in the murmuring brook,
Im murmelnden Bache,
in the well-chamber,
Im Brunnengemache
the wave longs

Zum Meer, von dem sie kam,
For the sea from which it came,
von dem sie Leben nahm,
from which it drew life,
von dem, des Irrens matt und müde,
from which, faint and weary with wandering,
Sie süsse Ruh’ verhofft und Friede.
it hopes for peace and sweet repose.

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

Heinrich Joseph von Collin

Heinrich Joseph von Collin, Austrian dramatist, was born in Vienna, on 26 December 1771. He received a legal education and entered the Austrian ministry of finance where he found speedy promotion. In 1805 and in 1809, when Austria was under the heel…

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