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Sulima (1861) Op.33


Part of a series or song cycle:

Die schöne Magelone (Op.33 )


Sulima

Geliebter, wo zaudert
Dein irrender Fuß?
Die Nachtigall plaudert
Von Sehnsucht und Kuß.
Es flüstern die Bäume
Im goldenen Schein,
Es schlüpfen mir Träume
Zum Fenster herein.
Ach! kennst du das Schmachten
Der klopfenden Brust?
Dies Sinnen und Trachten
Voll Qual und voll Lust?
Beflügle die Eile
Und rette mich dir,
Bei nächtlicher Weile
Entfliehn wir von hier.
Die Segel, sie schwellen,
Die Furcht ist nur Tand:
Dort, jenseit den Wellen
Ist väterlich Land.
Die Heimat entfliehet,
So fahre sie hin!
Die Liebe, sie ziehet
Gewaltig den Sinn.
Horch! wollüstig klingen
Die Wellen im Meer,
Sie hüpfen und springen
Mutwillig einher,
Und sollten sie klagen?
Sie rufen nach dir!
Sie wissen, sie tragen
Die Liebe von hier.

Sulima

Where, my love, do you tarry
And stray?
The nightingale tells
Of longing and kisses.
The trees whisper
In golden light,
Dreams steal in
Through my window.
Ah! do you know the yearning
Of a pounding heart?
This musing and striving
Full of torment and joy?
Give wings to your haste
And rescue me,
Under cover of night
We’ll steal away.
The sails are swelling,
Your fear is but vain:
There beyond the waves
Is your fatherland.
My homeland recedes,
So let it go!
The power of love
Draws me on.
Listen! How seductively
The waves ring out,
They bound and leap
Playfully around us,
And why should they grieve?
They are summoning you!
They know they are taking
Love from here.

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

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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