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Bin ein armes Waisenkind (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt I (Op. 112)

Bin ein armes Waisenkind

Bin ein armes Waisenkind,
Dem seine Lieb’n gestorben sind.
Habt Ihr ein Zeugnis, einen Schein.
Dass man euch auch trauen mag?
Ach nein!
Wenn Euch mein Bitten nicht bewegt –
Das Mitleid saure Fruchte trägt,
Hat man im Haus erst Euresgleichen,
Pflegt Ruh’ und Frieden d’raus zu weichen
Geh’ du nur fort!
O nehmet auf mich mildgesinnt,
Ich will Euch lohnen, was Ihr tut
An mir, mit meinem Herzensblut.
Versprechen lasst sich viel mit Worten,
Geht, pocht dort an des Nachbars Pforten!
Geht fort!

I am a poor orphan

I am a poor orphan,
Whose loved ones have died.
Do you have some references, some paperwork
To show that one could trust you?
Oh no!
If my pleading does not move you –
Pity bears sour fruits.
If one has the likes of you in house,
Peace and quiet generally tend to flee.
Get you gone!
O kindly take me in,
I will reward you for what you do for me
With my heart’s blood.
It is easy to promise much with mere words.
Go, knock over there on my neighbour’s door!
Go away!
Translations by Sharon Krebs first published in 2009 at, and reprinted by Carus-Verlag

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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as KinderszenenAlbum für die JugendBlumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to amental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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