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Ach, Was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen (1900) Op. 49 no.8

Ach, Was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen

Ach, was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen,
Hm, hm.
Es liegt mir was auf meinem Herzen,
Hm, hm.
Und ich trau es nicht zu sagen,
Mich bei Jemand zu beklagen,
Da ich dochhm, hm,hm, hm.
Stille mufl ichís in mich schlieflen,
Hm, hm.
Darf kein Wˆrtchen lassen flieflen,
Hm, hm.
Muß mich stellen vor den Leuten,
Als wär ich in allen Freuden,
Da ich doch hm, hm, hm.
Meine Freude wär zu leben,
Hm, hm. Hm, hm.
Mich der Freundschaftzu ergeben,
Hm, hm.
Mein Herz w¸scht sich zu verschenken,
Um ein andres Herz zu lenken,
Das empfindsam hm, hm, hm.

Ah, the grief, the torment, the pain

Ah, the grief, the torment, the pain,
Hm, hm.
I have something on my mind,
Hm, hm.
And I don't dare reveal it,
Or complain to anyone,
Since I'm - hm, hm, hm.
I must keep it to myself,
Hm, hm.
Must not let slip a single word,
Hm, hm.
Must pretend to people
That I'm full of joy,
Since I'm, - hm, hm.
I would love to live,
Hm, hm.
To give myself in friendship,
Hm, hm.
I'd love to give away my heart,
In order to guide another heart,
A sensitive - hm, hm, hm.
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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