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Sind es Schmerzen (1861) Op. 33 no.3

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Die schöne Magelone (Op. 33 )

Sind es Schmerzen

Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden,
Die durch meinen Busen ziehn?
Alle alten Wünsche scheiden,
Tausend neue Blumen blühn.
Durch die Dämmerung der Tränen
Seh ich ferne Sonnen stehn—
Welches Schmachten! Welches Sehnen!
Wag ich’s? Soll ich näher gehn?
Ach, und fällt die Träne nieder,
Ist es dunkel um mich her;
Dennoch kömmt kein Wunsch mir wieder,
Zukunft ist von Hoffnung leer.
So schlage denn, strebendes Herz,
So fließet denn, Tränen, herab,
Ach, Lust ist nur tieferer Schmerz,
Leben ist dunkles Grab.—
Ohne Verschulden
Soll ich erdulden?
Wie ist’s, daß mir im Traum
Alle Gedanken
Auf und nieder schwanken!
Ich kenne mich noch kaum.
O hört mich, ihr gütigen Sterne,
O höre mich, grünende Flur,
Du, Liebe, den heiligen Schwur;
Bleib ich ihr ferne,
Sterb ich gerne.
Ach! nur im Licht von ihrem Blick
Wohnt Leben und Hoffnung und Glück!

Are these sorrows

Are these sorrows, are these joys
That steal through my heart?
All my old desires depart,
A thousand new flowers blossom.
Through the twilight of my tears
I can see distant suns—
What yearning! What longing!
Dare I? Shall I draw near?
Ah! and when my tears fall,
There is darkness all around me;
Yet if no desires return,
The future is void of hope.
So beat then, ambitious heart,
So flow then, tears, down my cheek,
Ah! pleasure is but deeper pain,
Life a dark grave.
Must I suffer
Without deserving?
How is it that in my dreams
All my thoughts
Drift up and down!
I hardly recognize myself.
Oh hear me, kindly stars,
Oh hear me, greening meadow,
Hear, O Love, my sacred vow;
If I remain far from her,
I shall gladly die.
Ah! only in the light of her eyes
Dwell life and hope and happiness!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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