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Vergangen ist mir Glück und Heil Op. 48 no.6

Vergangen ist mir Glück und Heil

Vergangen ist mir Glück und Heil
Und alle Freud’ auf Erden;
Elend bin ich verloren gar,
Mir mag nit besser werden.
Bis in den Tod
Leid’ ich groß Not,
So ich dich, Lieb, muß meiden,
Geschieht mir, ach,
O weh der Sach’!
Muß ich mich dein verjehen,
Groß Leid wird mir geschehen.
Erbarmen tu ich mich so hart,
Das kommt aus Buhlers Hulde,
Die mich in Angst und Not hat bracht,
Und williglich das dulde.
Um dich allein,
Herzliebste mein,
Ist mir kein Bürd’ zu schwere.
Wär’s noch so viel,
Ich dennoch will
In deinem Dienst ersterben,
Nach fremder Lieb’ nit werben.
Um Hilf’ ich ruf’, mein höchster Hort,
Erhör mein sehnlich Klagen!
Schaff mir, Herzlieb, dein’ Botschaft schier,
Ich muß sonst vor Leid verzagen!
Mein traurig’s Herz,
Leid’t großen Schmerz,
Wie soll ich’s überwinden?
Ich sorg’, daß schier
Der Tod mit mir
Will ringen um das Leben,
Tu mir dein Troste geben.

My happiness and health are gone

My happiness and health are gone
And all terrestrial joy;
I am wretched, utterly lost,
I shall never recover.
Until death
I shall suffer great hardship,
If I must lose you, my love,
I shall be in torment—
O woeful fate!
If I must do without you,
Great sorrow shall befall me.
I take great pity on myself,
A suitor’s favours are to blame,
Which have brought me anxiety and stress—
Which willingly I bear.
For you alone,
My dearest love,
No burden is too heavy.
Were it even heavier,
I still shall die
In your service,
And not seek another love.
I cry for help, my most lofty refuge,
Hear my passionate lament!
Send me, my dearest, your message at once,
Else I shall despair in sorrow.
My sad heart
Suffers great pain,
How shall I surmount it?
I fear that death
Will suddenly
Dispute with me my life,
Grant me your comfort.

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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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