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Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe (1869) Op. 52 no.16

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Liebeslieder-Walzer (Op. 52)

Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe

Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe,
Ein gar zu gefährlicher Bronnen;
Da fiel ich hinein, ich Armer,
Kann weder hören, noch sehn.
Nur denken an meine Wonnen,
Nur stöhnen in meinen Wehn.

Love is a dark pit

Love is a dark pit,
an all too dangerous well;
I tumbled in, alas,
can neither hear nor see,
can only recall my rapture,
and only bemoan my grief.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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