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Serenade aus Don Juan (1880) no.4


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Serenade aus Don Juan

Ist's dein Wille, süße Maid,
Meinem heißen Liebesstreben
Erst im Tode Raum zu geben,
O, da wart' ich lange Zeit!
Soll ich deine Gunst genießen
Erst nach meinem Erdengange,
Währt mein Leben allzulange!
Mag es gleich um Nu zerfließen!
Ist's dein Wille, süße Maid,
Meinem heißen Liebesstreben
Erst im Tode Raum zu geben,
O das ist gar lange Zeit!

Serenade aus Don Juan

If it's your will, sweet maiden,
Only to yield in death
To my passionate pleading,
Ah, I'll have long to wait!
If I'm to enjoy your favours
Only when my life is over,
Then my life is far too long!
Let it melt away at once!
If it's your will, sweet maiden,
Only to yield in death
To my passionate pleading,
Ah, I'll have long to wait!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Tirso de Molina was a Spanish Baroque dramatist, poet and Roman Catholic monk. He is primarily known for writing The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest, the play from which the popular character of Don Juan originates.


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