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O Blätter, dürre Blätter!

Language: German

[O]1 Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Wie trauert ihr so sehr!
Als ihr noch gabet grünen Schein --
Da war mein lieber Schatz noch mein,
Den hab' ich nimmermehr.

O Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Ihr habt ihn oft gesehn,
[Wie]2 er [mir Treu versprochen]3 hat -
Ach! kann [denn]4 Liebe wie ein Blatt
In einem Jahr vergehn?

O Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Es war ein falscher Knab';
Euch klag' ich es, ihr schweiget still,
Weil ich sonst niemand sagen will,
Wie lieb' ich ihn noch hab'!

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Stiehl: "Ihr"; Worms: "Ach" - further changes for both may exist not noted.
2 Zemlinsky: "Wann"
3 Hiller: "so heiss geküsst mich"
4 Zemlinsky: "die"


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    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "O leaves, withered leaves", copyright ©

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