Und werden wir uns nie besitzen,
so will ich Deinen Namen doch
ins Holz der Weltenesche schnitzen,
ein Zeugnis fernstem Volke noch.
So sollen tausend Herzen lesen,
die gern ein kleines Lied beglückt,
was Du dem Einsamen gewesen,
wie Du ihn innerlichst entzückt.
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
V. Arti (Kaarlo Väinö Valve) (1885 - 1963)
, title unknown
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
, title 1: "Little song", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
, title 1: "Jamais nous ne nous posséderons", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Though we can never be together,
I will carve your name
into an ash tree
as a lasting sign of our love.
A thousand hearts
who like little songs
shall read of what you meant to me, the lonely one...
how you were my most sincere delight.
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