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Klage (1886) Op. 105 no.3

Part of a series or song cycle:

Fünf Lieder (Op. 105)


Feins Liebchen, trau du nicht,
Daß er dein Herz nicht bricht!
Schön Worte will er geben,
Es kostet dein jung Leben,
Glaubs sicherlich!
Ich werde nimmer froh,
Denn mir ging es also:
Die Blätter vom Baum gefallen
Mit den schönen Worten allen,
Ist Winterzeit!
Es ist jetzt Winterzeit,
Die Vögelein sind weit,
Die mir im Lenz gesungen,
Mein Herz ist mir gesprungen
Vor Liebesleid.


Dearest, do not trust him,
Then he won’t break your heart,
He’ll speak fine words,
They’ll cost you your young life,
Believe me!
I’ll never be happy again,
For that is what happened:
The leaves have fallen from the tree
With all those fine words,
It’s winter!
Now it’s winter,
The little birds are far distant
That sang to me in spring,
My heart is broken
With the sorrow of love.
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. 

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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