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New Love Songs

Word count: 503

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Original language: Neue Liebeslieder

1. Relinquish, o heart, the hope of rescue

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 Relinquish, o heart, the hope of rescue
 as you venture out into the sea of love!
 For a thousand boats float
 wrecked about its shores!


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2. Dark shades of night

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Dark shades of night,
dangers of waves and whirlpools!
Are those who rest there so mildly
on firm ground
capable of comprehending you?
No: only one who 
is tossed about on the wild sea's
stormy desolation,
miles from the shore.


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3. On each hand were my fingers bedecked

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 On each hand were my fingers
 bedecked with rings
 that my brother had bestowed on me
 with love.
 And one after another
 did I give to that handsome
 but unworthy lad.


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4. You black eyes, you need only beckon

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 You black eyes, you need only beckon,
 and palaces fall and cities sink.
 How should then my heart withstand
 such strife, inside its weak house of cards?


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5. Protect, protect your son

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Protect, protect your son,
my neighbor, from woe;
for I go with my black eyes
to enchant him.

O how my eyes burn
to inflame his passion!
If his soul will not ignite,
your hut will catch fire.


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6. Mother gave me roses

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 Mother gave me roses
 because I am so troubled.
 She is right: roses droop
 just as I do, wilting away.


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7. From the mountains, wave upon wave

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 From the mountains, wave upon wave,
 come gushing rain;
 and I would gladly give you
 a hundred thousand kisses.


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8. Soft grass in my favorite haunts

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 Soft grass in my favorite haunts,
 fair, quiet spots!
 O how pleasant it is to linger here
 with one's darling!


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9. I feel a poison gnawing at my heart

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 I feel a poison gnawing at my heart.
 Is it possible for a maiden
 not to give in to her tender inclinations
 and live her entire life robbed of bliss?


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10. I sweetly fondle this girl and that

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 I sweetly fondle this girl and that,
 and grow quiet and sick at heart,
 for always, always, toward you
 my thoughts turn, o Nonna!


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11. All, all is lost to the wind

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All, all is lost to the wind
of what you say to me, you flatterer!
Altogether, all your efforts
are lost, you pretender!

Be so good as to set your trap
for another!
For you are a loose thief,
for you have wooed them all!


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12. Dark forest, your shade is so gloomy

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 Dark forest, your shade is so gloomy!
 Poor heart, your sorrow presses so heavily!
 The only thing valuable to you is standing before your eyes;
 eternally forbidden is that union with love.


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13. No, my love, don't sit

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 No, my love, don't sit
 so near me!
 Do not stare so ardently
 at my face!
 
 However much your heart may burn,
 suppress your urges,
 so that the world will not see
 how much we love each other.


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14. Flaming eyes, dark hair

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 Flaming eyes, dark hair,
 sweet and audacious boy,
 because of you my poor heart
 toils with sorrow!
 
 Can the sun's fire make ice,
 or turn day into night?
 Can the ardent breast of a man
 breathe without glowing desire?
 
 Is the field so full of light
 that the flowers stand in darkness?
 Is the world so full of joy
 that the heart is abandoned to torment?


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Now, you Muses, enough! In vain you strive to describe
how misery and happiness alternate in a loving breast.
You cannot heal the wounds that Amor has caused,
but solace can come only from you, Kindly Ones.


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