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Romance (Berwald) (1820)

Romance (Berwald)

Jag minnes dig,
när näktergalen med sorglig röst
genljuder kvalen uti mitt bröst.
När minns du mig?
Jag minnes dig,
vid månans ljus i tysta kvällen,
vid bäckens sus från branta hällen.
Var minns du mig?
Jag minnes dig
med bitter nöje då hjärtat brinner,
med sorgligt löje då tåren rinner.
Hur minns du mig?
O minns du mig
till dess i döden ljuvt sammanblandas
de skilda öden! Evar jag andas,
minns jag blott dig.


I remember you
When the nightingale’s sad tune
Echoes the anguish in my breast.
When do you remember me?
I remember you
In the moonlight of a silent evening,
At the ripple of a steeply flowing stream.
Where do you remember me?
I remember you
With bitter pleasure when my heart blazes,
With sorrowful smiles when tears flow.
How do you remember me?
O remember me
Till death shall delightfully combine
Our separate fates. Wherever I breathe
I remember only you.

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Franz Adolf Berwald was a Swedish Romantic composer. He made his living as an orthopedic surgeon and later as the manager of a saw mill and glass factory, and became more appreciated as a composer after his death than he had been in his lifetime.

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Friedrich von Matthisson was a German poet, an early member of the German Romantic movement. His best known poem is probably Adelaide, which was set to music by Beethoven.

He was born at Hohendodeleben near Magdeburg, the son of the village pastor, on the 23rd of January 1761. After studying theology and philology at the university of Halle, he was appointed in 1781 master at the classical school Philanthropinum in Dessau. This once famous seminary was, however, then rapidly decaying in public favor, and in 1784 Matthisson was glad to accept a travelling tutorship. He lived for two years with the Swiss author Bonstetten at Nyon on Lake Geneva.

In 1794 he was appointed reader and traveling companion to Princess Louisa of Anhalt-Dessau (wife of Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau). They visited Switzerland, Tyrol, and Italy. For a time, they were joined in their travels by Danish author and salonist Friederike Brun. After Princess Louisa's death in 1811, he entered the service of the king of Württemberg, was ennobled, created counselor of legation, appointed intendant of the court theatre and chief librarian of the royal library at Stuttgart. He resided for a time in Italy. In 1828 he retired and settled at Wörlitz near Dessau, where he died on the 12th of March 1831.

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