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Tief im Herzen trag’ ich Pein (1890) no.33

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Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder

Tief im Herzen trag’ ich Pein

Tief im Herzen trag’ ich Pein,
Muss nach aussen stille sein.
Den geliebten Schmerz verhehle
Tief ich vor der Welt Gesicht;
Und es fühlt ihn nur die Seele,
Denn der Leib verdient ihn nicht.
Wie der Funke frei und licht
Sich verbirgt im Kieselstein,
Trag’ ich innen tief die Pein.

Deep in my heart I bear my grief

Deep in my heart I bear my grief,
Outwardly I must be calm.
I conceal this sweet agony
Far from the world’s gaze;
It is felt only by my soul,
For the body does not deserve it.
As sparks, free and bright,
Lie hidden in flint,
So I bear my grief deep within.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


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