Dec 29, 2008

Beethoven, love letters

Though still in bed my thoughts go out to you,
my Immortal Beloved,
now and then joyfully, then sadly,
waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us

I can live only wholly with you or not at all
Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you
until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you,
and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits
Yes, unhappily it must be so
You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you
No one else can ever possess my heart.. never.. never..

Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves.
And yet my life in V is now a wretched life
Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men
At my age I need a steady, quiet life - can that be so in our connection?

My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day
Therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once
Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence
can we achieve our purpose to live together

Be calm - love me - today - yesterday
what tearful longings for you.. you.. you
my life.. my all.. farewell.
Oh continue to love me
never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine . . .
ever mine . . .
ever ours . . .

Ps: These letters were found in Beethoven's desk after he died. They were not addressed to anybody, so it is impossible to know who he was writing to. Historians feel they were written to a married woman who he loved dearly, and who was leaving the city at the time of these letters. And, don't forget..hehehe, this is the letter Mr. Big quotes at the wedding with Carrie in Sex and the sweet.

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