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Mein Herz ist schwer (1884) Op. 94 no.3

Mein Herz ist schwer

Mein Herz ist schwer, mein Auge wacht,
Der Wind fährt seufzend durch die Nacht;
Die Wipfel rauschen weit und breit,
Sie rauschen von vergangner Zeit.
Sie rauschen von vergangner Zeit,
Von großem Glück und Herzeleid,
Vom Schloß und von der Jungfrau drin—
Wo ist das alles, alles hin?
Wo ist das alles, alles hin,
Leid, Lieb und Lust und Jugendsinn?
Der Wind fährt seufzend durch die Nacht,
Mein Herz ist schwer, mein Auge wacht.

My heart is heavy

My heart is heavy, my eyes keep watch,
The wind goes sighing through the night;
The tree-tops murmur far and wide,
Murmuring of times now past.
Murmuring of times now past,
Of great happiness and heartache,
Of the castle and the maiden within—
Where has all this, all this fled?
Where has all this, all this fled,
Grief, love and joy and youth?
The wind goes sighing through the night,
My heart is heavy, my eyes keep watch.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Emanuel von Geibel , German poet and playwright.
He was born at Lübeck, the son of a pastor. He was originally intended for his father's profession and studied at Bonn and Berlin, but his real interests lay not in theology but in classical and romance philology. In 1838 he accepted a tutorship at Athens, where he remained until 1840. In the same year he published, in conjunction with his friend Ernst Curtius, a volume of translations from Greek. His first poems were published in a volume entitled Zeitstimmen in 1841. In 1842 he entered the service of Frederick William IV, the king of Prussia, with an annual stipend of 300 thalers; under whom he produced König Roderich (1843), a tragedy, König Sigurds Brautfahrt (1846), an epic, and Juniuslieder (1848), lyrics in a more spirited and manlier style than his early poems.

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