Love Letter: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Thursday, March 11, 2010

Here's your dose of romance for today.

After Beethoven's death, three unsent love letters were found, addressed to his 'Immortal Beloved'. Her identity has never been established, but these letters make you kind of wish you were her. Here's my favorite of the three:

Good morning, on 7 July

Even in bed my ideas yearn towards you, my Immortal Beloved, here and there joyfully , then again sadly, awaiting from Fate, whether it will listen to us. I can only live, either altogether with you or not at all. Yes, I have determined to wander about for so long far away, until I can fly into your arms and call myself quite at home with you, can send my soul enveloped by yours into the realm of spirits-- yes, I regret, it must be. You will get over it all the more as you know my faithfulness to you; never another one can own my heart, never-- never! O God, why must one go away from what one loves so, and yet my life in W. as it is now is a miserable life. Your love made me the happiest and unhappiest at the same time. At my actual age I should need some continuity, sameness of life-- can that exist under our circumstances? Angel, I just hear that the post goes out every day-- and must close therefore, so that you get the L. at once. Be calm -- love me -- to-day -- yesterday.
What longing in tears for you-- You -- my Life -- my All -- farewell. Oh, go on loving me-- never doubt the faith-fullest heart
Of your beloved
Ever thine.
Ever mine.
Ever ours.

(Thanks to Love Letters of Great Men compiled by Ursula Doyle)


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