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Resignation (1850) Op. 83 no.1

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Drei Gesänge (Op. 83)


Lieben, von ganzer Seele,
Lieben herzinniglich;
Daß nimmer ich’s verhehle,
Heiß lieben muß ich dich!
Wie’s kommt?
Wie kann ich’s wissen?
Wohl höher schlägt mein Herz,
Wenn deine Augen grüßen:
Gehst du, erbebts im Schmerz,
Erbebt im heißen Glühen,
Im still verschwiegnen Rausch,
Und Tränen überziehen
Den Blick im Wechseltausch.
Lieben, von ganzer Seele,
Muß ich dich!
Du wirst mich nie umschließen,
Nie wird dein Aug’ mir glühn!
Der Sehnsucht still Vermissen
Wird nie dich zu mir ziehn!
So hoffnungslos mein Lieben?
Gewiß! doch trostlos nicht!
Will Gegenwart nicht trüben—
Zukunft? kenn’ ich ja nicht!—
Will auch der Trennungsstunde Schmerz
Düster mich umwehn,
Lächle mit bleichem Munde:
Jenseits ist Wiedersehn!


I must love you with all my soul,
Love you fervently;
Past all concealing,
I must love you ardently!
How can this be?
How can I know it?
My heart beats faster
When you look at me;
When you go, it quivers in pain,
Quivers in burning heat
And secret rapture,
And tears brim
In my eyes.
I must love you
With all my soul!
You will never embrace me,
Your eyes will never glow for me!
The silent force of longing
Will never draw you to me!
Do I then love in vain?
Indeed, but not without solace!
I shall not cloud the present—
And the future is unknown!
Even though the painful hour of parting
Enfolds me with its gloom,
A pale smile remains—
We shall be reunited in the beyond!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as KinderszenenAlbum für die JugendBlumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to amental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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Julius Buddeus was a German book- and art- dealer and poet.

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