This is a really ancient folksong taken from the Lochamer Liederbuch (1452). The version I sing can be found in Lieder, Songs und Gospels 3
This is a beautifully romantic song of separation, love and eternal constancy which I really enjoy singing and it is a real delight to accompany with my concertina.
Since writing the above sometime in 1998, it was even a greater pleasure in 2002 to be singing it under the title of Abschiedslied
(in a Johannes Brahms
vocal quartet arrangement) as a member of the Studiooper der Universität Bremen
under the direction of Oliver Rosteck at the Schönbergiade 02
and Ceilidh 2002
in June of that year.