Immortal beloved

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Dedicated to my angel, my all, my veryself, my immortal beloved. Immortal beloved - Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat Major Emperor


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To my Immortal beloved

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The First Letter July 6, in the morning My angel, my all, my very self - Only a few words today and at that with pencil (with yours) - Not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon - what a useless waste of time -. Why this deep sorrow when necessity speaks - can our love endure except through sacrifices, through not demanding everything from one another;

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Can you change the fact that you are not wholly mine, I not wholly thine ? Oh God, look out into the beauties of nature and comfort your heart with that which must be . Love demands everything and that very justly - thus it is to me with you, and to your with me. But you forget so easily that I must live for me and for you; If we were wholly united you would feel the pain of it as little as I – My journey was a fearful one; I did not reach here until 4 o'clock yesterday morning. Lacking horses the post-coach chose another route, but what an awful one; at the stage before the last I was warned not to travel at night;

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I was made fearful of a forest, but that only made me the more eager - and I was wrong. The coach must needs break down on the wretched road, a bottomless mud road. Without such postilions as I had with me I should have remained stuck in the road. Esterhazy, traveling the usual road here, had the same fate with eight horses that I had with four - Yet I got some pleasure out of it, as I always do when I successfully overcome difficulties - Now a quick change to things internal from things external. We shall surely see each other soon; moreover, today I cannot share with you the thoughts I have had during these last few days touching my own life - If our hearts were always close together, I would have none of these.

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My heart is full of so many things to say to you - ah - there are moments when I feel that speech amounts to nothing at all – Cheer up - remain my true, my only treasure, my all as I am yours. The gods must send us the rest, what for us must and shall be. Your faithful LUDWIG.

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The Second Letter Evening, Monday, July 6 You are suffering, my dearest creature - only now have I learned that letters must be posted very early in the morning on Mondays to Thursdays - the only days on which the mail-coach goes from here to K. You are suffering!!! Ah, wherever I am, there you are also! I will arrange it with you and me that I can live with you. What a life!!! Thus!!! Without you - pursued by the goodness of mankind hither and thither - which I as little want to deserve as I deserve it - Humility of man towards man - it pains me - and when I consider myself in relation to the universe, what am I and what is He - whom we call the greatest - and yet - herein lies the divine in man –

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I weep when I reflect that you will probably not receive the first report from me until Saturday. Much as you love me, I love you more ! Never hide yourself from me. Good night ! As I am taking the baths I must go to bed . Oh God! So near! So far! Is not our love truly a heavenly structure, and also as firm as the vault of heaven?

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The Third Letter Good morning, on July 7 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, it must be. 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.

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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 –

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Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm –go on loving 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, Forever!!!

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