Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 “Ich liebe dich so wie du mich” (Tender Love), Ludwig van Beethoven

Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 “Ich liebe dich so wie du mich” (Tender Love),Ludwig van Beethoven

In 1795, aged 25, Beethoven set a poem by Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Herrosse (1754-1821) to music. It was published in 1803.

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This tender poem is an expression of two people in love, sharing both their sorrows and comforting each other.

Ich liebe dich, so wie du mich,
am Abend und am Morgen,
noch war kein Tag, wo du und ich
nicht teilten unsre Sorgen.

Auch waren sie für dich und mich
geteilt leicht zu ertragen;
du tröstetest im Kummer mich,
ich weint in deine Klagen.

Drum Gottes Segen über dir,
du, meines Lebens Freude.
Gott schütze dich, erhalt dich mir,
schütz und erhalt uns beide.

I love you as you love me,
in the evening and the morning,
nor was there a day when you and I
did not share our troubles.

And when we shared them
they became easier to bear;
you comforted me in my distress,
and I wept in your laments.

Therefore, may God’s blessing be upon you,
You, my life’s joy.
God protect you, keep you for me,
and protect and keep us both.

*The portrait on the video shows a copy of an 1803 portrait of Beethoven- the actual portrait is shown above.

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3 Responses to Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123 “Ich liebe dich so wie du mich” (Tender Love), Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. I am glad you liked it. 🙂

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