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O Lust, o Lust (1853) Op. 23 no.6


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Sechs Lieder aus Jucunde (Op. 23)


O Lust, o Lust

O Lust, o Lust, vom Berg ein Lied
In’s Land hinab zu singen!
Der kleinste Ton hinunter zieht,
So wie auf Riesenschwingen!
Der stillste Hauch aus lauter Brust,
In Leid und Lust entrungen,
Er wird zum Klange, unbewußt
Für alle Welt gesungen.
Es schwingt sich erd- und himmelwärts
Der Seele klingend Sehnen,
Und fällt der ganzen Welt an’s Herz –
Ob freudig, ob in Tränen.
Was still sonst nur die Brust durchzieht,
Fliegt aus auf lauten Schwingen
O Lust, o Lust, vom Berg ein Lied
In’s Land hinab zu singen!

The joy, the joy

The joy, O the joy to sing a song
From the mountain down to the valley!
The smallest sound echoes down
As if on giant pinions!
The faintest breath from the purest heart
That fashions songs in grief and joy,
Unwittingly becomes a song
Sung for all the world.
Earthward and heavenward it soars,
The ringing longing of the soul,
And touches the heart of the whole world –
Whether in joy or in tears.
What is wont to move quietly though the breast
Now soars away on loud wings.
The joy, O the joy to sing a song
From the mountain down to the valley!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Clara Schumann, née Clara Josephine Wieck, was a German musician and composer, consider by many to be one of the most disguished composers of the Romantic era. She composed a large body of work, including various piano concertos, chamber works, and choral pieces. She was married to Robert Schumann, and maintained a close relationship with Johannes Brahms.

 

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