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Muß es eine Trennung geben (1861) Op. 33

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Die schöne Magelone (Op. 33 )

Muß es eine Trennung geben

Muss es eine Trennung geben,
Die das treue Herz zerbricht?
Nein, dies nenne ich nicht leben,
Sterben ist so bitter nicht.
Hör ich eines Schäfers Flöte,
Härme ich mich inniglich,
Seh ich in die Abendröte,
Denk ich brünstiglich an dich.
Gibt es denn kein wahres Lieben?
Muss denn Schmerz und Trennung sein?
Wär ich ungeliebt geblieben,
Hätt ich doch noch Hoffnungsschein.
Aber so muss ich nun klagen:
Wo ist Hoffnung, als das Grab?
Fern muss ich mein Elend tragen,
Heimlich bricht das Herz mir ab.

Must there be a parting?

Must there be a parting
That breaks the faithful heart?
No, I cannot call this living,
Dying is not so bitter.
When I hear a shepherd’s pipe,
I suffer endless anguish,
When I see the setting sun,
I think ardently of you.
Does true love then not exist?
Must there be pain and parting?
Had I remained unloved,
I should still have a gleam of hope.
But this must now be my lament:
Where is hope but in the grave?
I must bear my grief far away,
Secretly my heart is breaking.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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. 

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Johann Ludwig Tieck (31 May 1773 – 28 April 1853) was a German poet, fiction writer, translator, and critic. He was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 

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