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Nach dem Abschiede (1878)

Nach dem Abschiede

Dunkel sind nun alle Gassen,
Und die Stadt ist öd' und leer;
Denn mein' Lieb' hat mich verlassen.
Meine Sonne scheint nicht mehr.
Büsch' und Wälder, Flüss’ und Hügel
Liegen zwischen ihr und mir:
Liebe, Liebe, gib mir Flügel,
Dass ich fliegen kann zu ihr!
Liebe, lass ihr Bild erscheinen!
O so blick' ich sie doch an,
Dass, wenn meine Augen weinen,
Sich mein Herz erfreuen kann.

After parting

The streets are now all dark,
And the town is desolate and empty;
For my love has left me.
My sun no longer shines.
Bushes and forests, rivers and hills
Intervene between us:
Love, Love, give me wings,
That I might fly to her!
Love, let her image appear!
For me to gaze on her,
So that, when I weep,
My heart may delight.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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