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I know not how thou singest, my master!

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I know not how thou singest, my master! 
I ever listen in silent amazement.

The light of thy music illumines the world. 
The life breath of thy music runs from sky to sky. 
The holy stream of thy music breaks 
through all stony obstacles and rushes on.

My heart longs to join in thy song, 
but vainly struggles for a voice. 
I would speak, but speech breaks not into song, 
and I cry out baffled. 
Ah, thou hast made my heart captive 
in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!

Translation(s): DUT DUT FRE GER ITA

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG FRE GER ITA by Atma Kenswil.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG FRE GER DUT by Dino Menichetti.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG FRE GER ITA by Jan Pouwels.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title unknown
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Je ne sais pas comment tu chantes, mon maître !", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:05
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Word count: 91

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Ich weiß nicht, wie du singest, mein...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich weiß nicht, wie du singest, mein Gebieter!
Ich lausch’ dir immerfort in stummem Staunen.

Denn deiner Klänge Licht erhellt die Welt
und deiner Klänge Lebensodem flutet durch die Himmel.
Der heil’ge Strom deiner Musik durchdringt
selbst Stein, ergießt sich fort und fort.

Mein Herz will sehnend in dein Lied einstimmen,
vergebens ringt es aber um den Ton.
Gern würd' ich sprechen, doch mein Wort wird nicht zum Lied,
und ratlos heul ich auf.
Ach, du hast mein Herz gefangen, mein Gebieter,
und eingewoben in den Kosmos Deines Sangs!

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2014-04-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:31
Line count: 12
Word count: 89