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Amalia (1815) D195


Schön wie Engel voll Walhallas Wonne, 
Schön vor allen Jünglingen war er, 
Himmlisch mild sein Blick, wie Maiensonne, 
Rückgestrahlt vom blauen Spiegelmeer.
Seine Küsse – Paradiesisch Fühlen! 
Wie zwei Flammen sich ergreifen, wie 
Harfentöne in einander spielen
Zu der himmelvollen Harmonie –
Stürzten, flogen, schmolzen Geist in Geist zusammen,
Lippen, Wangen brannten, zitterten Seele rann in 
Seele – Erd’ und Himmel schwammen
Wie zerronnen um die Liebenden!
Er ist hin – vergebens, ach vergebens 
Stöhnet ihm der bange Seufzer nach! 
Er ist hin, und alle Lust des Lebens 
Rinnet hin in ein verlor’nes Ach! 


Fair as angels filled with the bliss of Valhalla,
he was fair above all other youths;
his gaze had the gentleness of heaven, like the May 
sun reflected in the blue mirror of the sea.
His kisses were the touch of paradise! 
As two flames engulf each other,
as the sounds of the harp mingle
in celestial harmony.
So our spirits rushed, flew and fused together;
lips and cheeks burned, trembled, 
soul melted into sod, earth and heaven
swam, as though dissolved, around the lovers!
He is gone – in vain , ah in vain 
my anxious sighs echo after him! 
He is gone, and all life’s joy
ebbs away in one forlorn cry!

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