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Erinnerung (1880) no.2


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Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit


Erinnerung

Es wecket meine Liebe
Die Lieder immer wieder;
Es wecken meine Lieder
Die Liebe immer wieder.
Die Lippen, die da träumen
Von deinen heißen Küssen,
In Sang und Liedesweisen
Von dir sie tönen müssen.
Und wollen die Gedanken
Der Liebe sich entschlagen,
So kommen meine Lieder
Zu mir mit Liebesklagen!
So halten mich in Banden
Die Beiden immer wieder:
Es weckt das Lied die Liebe,
Die Liebe weckt die Lieder.

Recollection

My love inspires songs
Again and again;
My songs inspire love
Again and again.
The lips that dream
Of your ardent kisses
Must sing of you
In melody and song.
And if my thoughts
Seek to banish love,
My songs return,
Lamenting love!
So both hold me captive
Again and again:
Songs inspire love,
Love inspires songs.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer and conductor.

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Poet

Pseudonym for the German surgeon and writer, Richard von Volkmann.


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