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Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton (1791) K620

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Die Zauberflöte (K620)

Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton

Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton,
weil, holde Flöte, durch dein Spielen
selbst wilde Tiere Freude fühlen.
Doch nur Pamina bleibt davon.
Pamina! Pamina! höre, höre mich! –
Umsonst, umsonst! –
Wo? wo? wo? ach wo, wo find’ ich dich? –
Ha, das ist Papagenos Ton! –
Vielleicht sah er Paminen schon! –
Vielleicht eilt sie mit ihm zu mir! –
Vielleicht führt mich der Ton zu ihr!

How powerful must be your magic tone

How powerful must be your magic tone,
Because, wondrous flute, even wild beasts
Feel joy at your sound.
But only Pamina stays away.
Pamina! Pamina! Listen, hear me! –
In vain, in vain! –
Where, ah where shall I find you?
Ha! That is Papageno’s note!
Perhaps he’s already seen Pamina! –
Perhaps she’s hurrying to me with him!
Perhaps the sound will guide me to her!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart,[b] was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. 

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