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All' mein Gedanken WoO 33 no.30

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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)

All' mein Gedanken

All’ mein Gedanken, die ich hab,
Die sind bei dir,
Du auserwählter ein’ger Trost,
Bleib’ stets bei mir.
Du, du, du sollst an mich gedenken,
Hätt’ ich aller Wunsch Gewalt,
Von dir wollt’ ich nicht wenken.
Du auserwählter ein’ger Trost,
Gedenk’ daran,
Leib und Gut das sollst du ganz
Zu eigen han.
Dein, dein, dein will ich beleiben,
Du gibst mir Freud’ und hohen Mut
Und kannst mir Leid vertreiben.
Die allerliebst und minniglich,
Die ist so zart.
Ihres gleich in allem Reich
Find’t man hart.
Bei dir, dir, dir ist kein Verlangen,
Da ich von ihr scheiden sollt’,
Da hätt’ sie mich umfangen.
Die werte Rein’, die ward sehr wein’n,
Da das geschah,
Du bist mein und ich bin dein,
Sie traurig sprach.
Wann, wann, wann ich soll von dir weichen,
Ich nie erkannt’ noch nimmermehr
Erkenn’ ich dein geleichen.

All my thoughts

All the thoughts that I have
Are of you,
My chosen one, my only comfort,
Stay forever with me.
You, you, you must think of me,
If I could fulfil all my wishes,
I would not wish to stray from you.
My chosen one, my only comfort,
Just think,
You shall have my body and possessions
For your own.
Yours, yours, yours shall I remain,
You give me joy and high spirits
And can banish all my sorrow.
My sweetest, adorable beloved,
She is so gentle,
In all the kingdom her like
Can scarce be found.
With you, with you there is no longing,
When I had to leave her,
She held me in her arms.
The dear pure girl wept sorely
When that occurred,
You are mine and I am yours,
She said with sadness.
When, when, when shall I go from you?
I never knew nor ever shall
Know anyone like you.
Translations by 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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