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Love song waltzes

Word count: 713

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Original language: Liebesliederwalzer

1. Speak, maiden, whom I love all too much

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 Speak, maiden, whom I love all too much,
 who hurled into my once aloof heart,
 with only one glance,
 these wild, ardent feelings!
 
 Will you not soften your heart?
 Do you wish to be chaste
 and remain without sweet bliss,
 or do you want me to come to you?
 
 To remain without sweet bliss -
 I would never make such a bitter penance.
 So come, dark-eyes,
 come when the stars greet you.


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2. Against the stones the stream rushes

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 Against the stones the stream rushes,
 powerfully driven:
 those who do not know to sigh there,
 will learn it when they fall in love.


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3. O women, O women

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 O women, O women,
 how they melt one with bliss!
 I would have become a monk long ago
 if it were not for women!


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4. Like the evening's lovely red

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 Like the evening's lovely red,
 would I, a poor maiden, like to glow,
 to please one, one boy -
 and to then radiate bliss forever.


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5. The green hops vine

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 The green hops vine,
 it winds along the ground.
 The young, fair maiden -
 so mournful are her thoughts!
 
 You - listen, green vine!
 Why do you not raise yourself heavenwards?
 You - listen, fair maiden!
 Why is your heart so heavy?
 
 How can the vine raise itself
 when no support lends it strength?
 How can the maiden be merry
 when her sweetheart is far away?


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6. A small, pretty bird

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A small, pretty bird
took flight
into the garden -
there was fruit enough there.
If I were a pretty,
small bird,
I would not hesitate -
I would do just as he did.

Malicious lime-twigs
lurked in that place;
the poor bird
could not escape.
If I were a pretty,
small bird,
I would have hesitated,
I would not have done that.

The bird came
into a pretty girl's hand,
and it caused him no pain,
the lucky thing.
If I were a pretty,
small bird,
I would not hesitate --
I would do just as he did.


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7. Quite fair and contented

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Quite fair and contented
was I previously
with my life
and with my sweetheart;
through a wall,
yes, through ten walls,
did my friend's gaze
recognize me;
But now, oh woe,
if I am with that cold boy,
no matter how close
I stand before his eyes,
neither his eyes
nor his heart notices.


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8. When your eyes look at me

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When your eyes look at me
so gently and lovingly,
you chase away every last anxiety
that troubles my life.

The lovely glow of this love -
do not let it disappear!
No one else will ever love you
as faithfully as I.


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9. On the banks of the Danube

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On the banks of the Danube,
there stands a house,
and looking out of it 
is a pink-cheeked maiden.

The maiden
is very well-protected:
ten iron bolts
have been placed on the door.

But ten iron bolts
are but a joke;
I will snap them
as if they were only glass.


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10. O how gently the stream

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 O how gently the stream
 winds through the meadow!
 O how lovely it is when Love
 finds Love!


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11. No, there's just no getting along

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No, there's just no getting along with people;
they always make such poisonous interpretations of everything.

If I'm merry, they say I cherish loose urges;
if I'm quiet, they say I am crazed with love.


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12. Locksmith - get up and make your locks

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 Locksmith - get up and make your locks,
 locks without number;
 for I want to lock up
 all the evil mouths.


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13. The little bird rushes through the air

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 The little bird rushes through the air,
 searching for a branch;
 and my heart desires a heart, a heart
 on which it can blessedly rest.


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14. See how clear the waves are

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 See how clear the waves are
 when the moon gazes down!
 You who are my love,
 you love me back!


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15. The nightingale, it sings so beautifully

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 The nightingale, it sings so beautifully,
 when the stars are twinkling.
 Love me, my beloved heart,
 kiss me in the dark!


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16. Love is a dark shaft

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 Love is a dark shaft,
 a very dangerous well;
 and I, poor man, fell in.
 I can neither hear nor see,
 I can only think about my bliss,
 I can only moan in my woe.


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17. Do not wander, my light, out there

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 Do not wander, my light, out there
 in the field!
 Your feet, your tender feet, would get
 too wet, too soft.
 
 All flooded are the paths there,
 and the bridges,
 so amply there
 did my eyes weep.


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18. The bushes are trembling

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 The bushes are trembling;
 they were brushed by a
 little bird in flight.
 In the same way,
  my soul trembles, 
 overcome by love, pleasure and sorrow,
 as it thinks of you.


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