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Five songs by Rückert

Word count: 381

Song Cycle by Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)

Original language: Fünf Rückertlieder

1. I breathed a gentle fragrance!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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I breathed a gentle fragrance!
In the room stood
a sprig of linden,
a gift
from a dear hand.
How lovely was the fragrance of linden!

How lovely is the fragrance of linden!
That twig of linden
you broke off so gently!
Softly I breathe in
the fragrance of linden,
the gentle fragrance of love.


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2. If you love for beauty

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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If you love for beauty,
Oh do not love me!
Love the sun, 
It has gold hair!

If you love for youth,
Oh do not love me!
Love the spring-time
That is young each year!

If you love for wealth,
Oh do not love me!
Love the mermaid,
[Who]1 has many limpid pearls!

If you love for love,
Oh yes, love me!
Love me forever;
I will love you forevermore!


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1 Mahler, C. Schumann: "She"

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3. Look not into my songs!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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Look not into my songs!
My eyes I lower,
as if I've been caught in an evil deed.
I can't even trust myself
to watch them grow.
Your curiosity is a betrayal!

Bees, when they build their cells,
also do not let anyone observe them;
even themselves.
When1 the rich honeycombs
are brought out to the light of day,
then you shall taste them before everyone else!


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1 "if" in the Mahler setting.

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4. I am lost to the world

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world's tumult,
And I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song.


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5. At midnight

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866), "Mitternacht" CAT FIN FRE ITA POL SPA SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Hermann Dietrich, Felix Draeseke, Hans Fleischer, Ferdinand von Hiller, Hugo Wilhelm Ludwig Kaun, Hermann Linke, Gustav Mahler, Heinrich August Marschner, Wilhelm Maria Puchtler, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Hermann Reutter, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Emilie Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

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 At midnight
 I awoke
 and gazed up to heaven;
 No star in the entire mass
 did smile down at me
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I projected my thoughts
 out past the dark barriers.
 No thought of light
 brought me comfort
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I paid close attention
 to the beating of my heart;
 One single pulse of agony
 flared up
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I fought the battle,
 o Mankind, of your suffering;
 I could not decide it
 with my strength
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I surrendered my strength
 into your hands!
 Lord! over death and life
 You keep watch
 at midnight!


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