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Geheimnis (1877) Op. 71 no.3


O Frühlingsabenddämmerunt!
O laues, lindes Weh’n,
Ihr Blütenbäume, sprecht, was tut
Ihr so zusammensteh’n?
Vertraut ihr das Geheimnis euch
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?
Was flüstert ihr ein ander zu
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?

The secret

O spring evening twilight!
O mild gentle breeze!
You blossoming trees, say,
Why do you stand so close together?
Do you confide to each other
The secret of our sweet love?
What do you whisper to each other
About our sweet love.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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