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Reiselied Op. 19a no.6

Reiselied

Bringet des treu’sten Herzens Grüsse,
Eilende Wellen, zu ihr hin.
Sagt, wie ich jedes Glück vermisse,
Seit ich von ihr geschieden bin.
Hier empfind’ ich alle Schmerzen,
Dort vergass ich jedes Leid,
Aug’ in Auge, Herz an Herzen,
Ach, es war wohl schöne Zeit!
Sieh’, der Wind zieht ihr entgegen,
Ihr entgegen eilt der Bach,
Alles will zu ihr sich bewegen,
Wolken und Blätter zieh’n ihr nach.
Ich allein muss vorwärts ziehen,
Ich darf wenden nicht den Blick,
Aber alle Sinne fliehen
Mit den Wolken dort zurück!
Und so rufen neue Stellen
Nur die alten mir empor,
Und es blickt aus Wald und Wellen
Nur ihr liebes Bild hervor;
Alles mahnt nur an die süsse,
Die entschwund’ne Fröhlichkeit.
Bringt dem treuen Herzen Grüsse,
Ach, es war wohl schöne Zeit!

Travelling song

Bear greetings of my most loyal heart,
O rushing waves, to my love.
Tell her how unhappy I have been,
Since she and I have been apart.
Here I feel naught but pain,
There I forgot every sorrow,
Gazing at each other, hearts entwined,
Ah! those were happy times!
See how the wind blows towards her,
Towards her too the brooklet flows,
Everything moves in her direction,
Clouds and leaves are drawn to her.
I alone must continue on my way,
I cannot glance behind me,
But all my thoughts fly
Back to her with the clouds!
And so new places only conjure
Up for me the old ones,
And only her beloved face
Gazes from woodland and sea;
Everything reminds me of my sweet,
Reminds me of vanished happiness.
Bear greetings to that loyal heart,
Ah! those were happy times!

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Composer

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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