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Drei romantische Liebesgesänge

Word count: 245

Song Cycle by Nicolas Bacri (b. 1961)

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1. Du meine Seele [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE IRI ITA SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Robert Garrigós) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "Dedicatòria", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jij mijn bezieling", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "You my soul, my my heart", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dedication", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Dedication", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Karel Vereycken) , "Toi mon âme, toi mon coeur", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dédicace", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Dedica", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Dedicatoria", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Du meine [Seele]1, du mein Herz,
Du meine [Wonn', o du]2 mein Schmerz,
Du meine Welt, in der ich lebe,
Mein Himmel du, [darin]3 ich schwebe,
O du mein Grab, in das hinab
Ich ewig meinen Kummer gab!
Du bist die Ruh, du bist der Frieden,
Du bist [der]4 Himmel, mir beschieden.
Daß du mich liebst, macht mich mir wert,
Dein Blick hat mich vor mir verklärt,
Du hebst mich liebend über mich,
Mein guter Geist, mein beßres Ich!


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1 Bartók: "Liebe" (love)
2 Bartók: "Wonne, du"
3 in some editions, "darein"
4 Schumann: "vom"

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2. Suleika [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE ITA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Suleika II", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Suleika", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Elisabeth Siekhaus) , "Ah, how I envy you, westwind", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Suleika", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Suleika II", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ah, come invidio il tuo soffiare", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen,
West, wie sehr ich dich beneide:
Denn du kannst ihm Kunde bringen
Was ich [in der]1 Trennung leide!

Die Bewegung deiner Flügel
Weckt im Busen stilles Sehnen;
Blumen, [Augen]2, Wald und Hügel
Stehn bei deinem Hauch in Thränen.

Doch dein mildes sanftes Wehen
Kühlt die wunden Augenlieder;
Ach, für Leid müßt' ich vergehen,
Hofft' ich nicht [zu sehn ihn]3 wieder.

[Eile denn]4 zu meinem Lieben,
Spreche sanft zu seinem Herzen;
Doch vermeid' ihn zu betrüben
Und [verbirg]5 ihm meine Schmerzen. 

Sag [ihm, aber]6 sag's bescheiden:
Seine Liebe sey mein Leben,
Freudiges Gefühl von beiden
Wird mir seine Nähe geben.


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Fünfter Band. Unter des durchlauchtigsten deutschen Bundes schützenden Privilegien. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 185-186; and with West-oestlicher Divan. von Goethe. Stuttgard, in der Cottaischen Buchhandlung 1819, pages 166-167.

Note: Marianne von Willemer's poem Westwind was published anonymously with the title Suleika as part of Goethe's West-östlicher Divan, Buch Suleika - Suleika Nameh, with a few textual revisions by Goethe.

1 Willemer's original poem: "durch die"
2 Schubert: "Auen"
3 Willemer's original poem: "wir sehn uns"
4 Willemer's original poem: "Geh denn hin"
5 Willemer's original poem: "verschweig"
6 Willemer's original poem: "ihm nur, doch"

Note: modernized spelling would change "Augenlieder" to "Augenlider", "sey" to "sei", and "Thränen" to "Tränen", etc.


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3. Nun hast du mir [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Nu har du såret mig for første gang", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nu heb je mij voor 't eerst verdriet gedaan", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Now thou hast given me, for the first time, pain", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Là, pour la première fois, tu m'as fait mal", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ora per la prima volta mi hai fatto male", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Нынче ты впервые причинил мне боль", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz gethan,
  Der aber traf.
Du schläfst, du harter, unbarmherz'ger Mann,
  Den Todesschlaf.

Es blicket die Verlass'ne vor sich hin,
  Die Welt ist leer.
Geliebet hab' ich und gelebt, ich bin
  Nicht lebend mehr.

Ich zieh' mich in mein Inn'res still zurück,
  Der Schleier fällt,
Da hab' ich dich und mein [vervang'nes]1 Glück,
  Du meine Welt!


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 15-16.

Note: modernized spelling would change "gethan" to "getan".
1 Loewe, Schumann: "verlornes"

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