WARNING! Not everything on this website is public domain.
It is ILLEGAL to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
And it is an EVEN WORSE OFFENSE to omit the names of authors / translators.

The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

Franz Schubert to a friend

Language: English

    Vienna, 31 Mar 1824
My brightest hopes have come to nothing, the joys of
friendship and love soon turn to sorrows, and even my
pleasure in beauty itself is in danger of dying away! "Meine
Ruh' ist hin, mein Herz ist schwer;" thus sang Gretchen at
her spinning wheel. So might I now sing every day, for every
night I got to bed hoping that I shall not wake again, and
each morning only brings back all the sorrows and grief of
the day before. "Meine Ruh' ist hin, mein Herz ist schwer;"
thus sang Gretchen at her spinning wheel. And so I spend
my days, joyless and friendless.

Note: the friend is Kupelwieser, in Rome.


Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2010-12-16.

Notes about green, red, and white dots

Gentle Reminder
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it, and aside from ad revenue and copyright fees, the Archive is supported financially by fewer than 0.02% of our visitors. So if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust
I also have a wishlist at Amazon.ca.

Search sheetmusicplus.com for Art song , Lieder, chansons, or works for solo voice

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for art songs or choral works