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Luisens Antwort (1815) D319

Luisens Antwort

Wohl weinen Gottes Engel,
Wenn Liebende sich trennen,
Wie werd’ ich leben können,
Geliebter, ohne dich!
Gestorben allen Freuden,
Leb’ ich fortan den Leiden,
Und nimmer, Wilhelm, nimmer
Vergisst Luisa dich.
Selbst wenn du falsch und treulos
An fremde Brust dich schmiegtest,
In fremdem Arm dich wiegtest,
Vergessend Schwur und Pflicht,
In fremden Flammen brenntest,
Luisen gar verkenntest,
Luisen gar vergässest—
Ich, ach! vergäss’ dich nicht!
Verachtet und vergessen,
Verloren und verlassen,
Könnt’ ich dich doch nicht hassen;
Still grämen würd’ ich mich,
Bis Tod sich mein erbarmte,
Das Grab mich kühl umarmte
Doch auch im Grab, im Himmel,
O Wilhelm, liebt’ ich dich!

Luisa's Answer

God’s angels weep bitterly
when lovers part.
How can I possibly live,
beloved, without you!
Dead to all joys,
I live henceforth in sorrow,
and never, Wilhelm, never
shall Luisa forget you.
Even when you, false and unfaithful,
snuggle yourself on another’s breast,
rock yourself in another’s arms,
forgetting oath and duty,
burn yourself in another’s flame,
never misjudge Luisa,
never forget Luisa—
ah, I shall never forget you!
Despised and forgotten,
forlorn and abandoned,
I cannot hate you;
still, I will grieve
until Death has pity on me,
and the grave coolly embraces me;
yet even in the grave, even in heaven,
oh Wilhelm, I’d love you!

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Composer

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 was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Poet

Ludwig Gotthard Kosegarten, also known as Ludwig Theobul or Ludwig Theoboul, was a German poet and Lutheran preacher.

Kosegarten was born in Grevesmühlen, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After studying theology at the University of Greifswald, he served as the pastor of Altenkirchen on the island of Rügen, then part of Swedish Pomerania.

After his ordination in 1792 he was given the rectorate in the parish church of Altenkirchen on Rügen. In this capacity he gave the famous shore sermons on the cliffs near Vitt. He went there to the herring fishermen, who during the time of herring fishing could not go to the church in Altenkirchen due to their work. These sermons were a great success, which is why the Vitt Chapel was erected in 1806. During his stay on Rügen he wrote many reports about the island, that made both Rügen and Kosegarten famous.

Kosegarten's books were burned at the Wartburg festival on 18 October 1817. He influenced the work of Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, and the music of Franz Schubert.

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