Beim Scheiden (Robert Franz)

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German.png In original German

  • (Posted 2020-12-19)  CPDL #62045:     
Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2020-12-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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English.png In English translation; At parting

  • (Posted 2020-01-02)  CPDL #56492:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

German Title: Beim Scheiden
English Title: At parting
Work: Sechs Lieder für gemischten Chor, Op.24
Composer: Robert Franz
Lyricist: Karl Wilhelm Osterwald

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1856 Leipzig: F. Whistling
  2nd published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 335
Description: Translated from the German of Karl Wilhelm Osterwald by John Troutbeck. 6 Lieder für gemischten Chor Op.24, no.2.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Zwei Röslein tät sie schneiden,
zwei Röslein rot wie Blut
und frisch wie ihre Wangen,
die steckt' sie mir beim Scheiden,
da sie mein Arm umfangen,
mit Tränen auf den Hut.

"Lieber Schatz, nun lass Dein Weinen,
die Liebe welket nicht,
so wie die Rosen sterben."
So ging ich von der Meinen
und sahe weiß sich färben
ihr lieblich Angesicht.

Die Rose welket schnelle
und wird bald wieder grün,
dann röten sich die Wangen:
und an der lieben Stelle,
wo rote Rosen prangen,
wird auch die Myrte blüh'n.

English.png English text

Two roses did she give me,
Two roses blushing red,
Her cheeks as brightly glowing.
She lingered, loath to leave me,
When I from her was going,
And bitter tears were shed.

"Dearest heart, now cease from grieving,
True love will never fail.
Like tender roses dying."
And then, mine own one leaving,
I saw, the snow outvieing,
Her lovely face grow pale.

But as roses, quickly fading,
Are quickly green once more,
Her cheeks full soon were glowing,
And that dear face o'ershading,
Where roses fair were blowing,
A myrtle wreath she wore.
Translation by John Troutbeck