In July of 1812, the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote a letter to an unidentified lover. The letter is brimming with his passion and desire for the two of them to be together. His heart overflows with love and longing for this, his Immortal Beloved. In the letter, he shares with her the broad spectrum of everyday challenges that are keeping them apart: distance, the challenges of travel, bad roads, poor accommodations, and work, even the schedule of the mail-coach. We all too easily sense his profound loss and sadness by his being apart from her.
Last Friday, Sarah and Stephen choose to use a portion of this letter to the Immortal Beloved as one of the readings during their wedding ceremony. What follows is a redacted selection from the original ten page letter.
An excerpt from a letter by Ludwig Van Beethoven to his Immortal Beloved:
My angel, my everything, my very self, I write only a few words today, using your very pencil.
Can our love exist but by sacrifices, by not demanding everything? Can you change it, that you are not completely mine, that I am not completely yours?
Our love demands everything and completely with good reason, that is how it is for me with you, and for you with me. However, we forget all too easily, that I must live for myself and for you as well, for if we were wholly united, you would not feel this as painfully.
I cannot convey to you my observations, which I made during these few days about my life. If our hearts were always close together, I would have no such thoughts. My heart is full with so much to tell you. Oh, there are moments when I feel that language is nothing at all. Cheer up, remain my faithful only darling, my everything as I am for you. The rest is up to The Gods, for what must be for us and for what is in store for us.
Wherever I am, you are with me. As I talk to myself, I talk to you. Arrange it that I can live with you, and what a life we will have. As it is, I am sick without you.
I can only live either wholly with you or not at all. Yes, I have resolved to stray about in the distance, until I can fly into your arms, and send my soul embraced by you into the realm of the Spirits
Angel, I have just heard that the mail-coach leaves every day and thus I must finish so that you may receive this letter immediately. Be patient, only through quiet contemplation of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together. Be calm, for only by calmly considering our lives can we achieve our purpose of living together.
While still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved. Be calm. Love me today, and yesterday. What tearful longings for you, you my life, my all. Oh continue to love me. Never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours. Ludwig.
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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