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Ach, wende diesen Blick (1871) Op. 57 no.4

Ach, wende diesen Blick

Ach, wende diesen Blick, dies Angesicht!
Das Inn’re mir mit ewig-neuer Glut,
Mit ewig-neuem Harm erfülle nicht!
Wenn einmal die gequälte Seele ruht,
Und mit so fieberischer Wilde nicht
In meinen Adern rollt das heisse Blut—
Ein Strahl, ein flüchtiger, von deinem Licht,
Er wecket auf des Weh’s gesammte Wut,
Das schlangengleich mich in das Herze sticht.

Ah, turn away that gaze

Ah, turn away that gaze, that face!
Do not fill my inmost being with ever-new fire,
With ever-new grief!
When once my tormented soul finds rest,
And my hot blood no longer courses
Through my veins so wildly, so feverishly—
A single fleeting ray of your light
Would reawaken the entire rage of pain
That stings my heart like a serpent.
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

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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