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Ich trage meine Minne (1896) Op. 32 no.1

Part of a series or song cycle:

Five Songs (Op. 32)

Ich trage meine Minne

Ich trage meine Minne
Vor Wonne stumm
Im Herzen und im Sinne
Mit mir herum.
Ja, daß ich dich gefunden,
Du liebes Kind,
Das freut mich alle Tage,
Die mir beschieden sind.
Und ob auch der Himmel trübe,
Kohlschwarz die Nacht,
Hell leuchtet meiner Liebe
Goldsonnige Pracht.
Und lügt auch die Welt in Sünden,
So tut mir’s weh—
Die arge muß erblinden
Vor deiner Unschuld Schnee.

I bear my love

I bear my love
In silent bliss
About with me
In heart and mind.
Yes, that I have found you,
Sweet child,
Will cheer me all
My allotted days.
Though the sky be dim,
And the night pitch-black,
My love shines brightly
In golden splendour.
And though the world lies and sins,
And it hurts to see it so—
The bad world must be blinded
By your snowy innocence.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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