Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte
When my Beloved wanted to leave me

von Breuning

The last rays of hope are fading;
She broke her vows with scarce a thought.
Could I but forget, in consolation,
The happiness that she had brought.

Stop! What did I say? Why from these chains
No resolve or power can save me.
Even on the brink of black despair
That memory will always stay me.

Ha, dear hope come back to me
And stoke my fires with a single glance.
However great the pangs of love are,
Lovers feel there’s still a chance.

And you, who reward loyalty with hurt,
Don’t fear the heart you treated with disdain.
This sentient soul could never hate you.
Forget? I’d sooner live with all the pain.