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Do not keep to yourself the secret of...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

Do not keep to yourself the [secret]1 of your heart, 
my friend!
Say it to me, only to me, in secret.
You who smile so gently, 
softly whisper, 
my heart will hear it,
not my ears.

The night is deep, 
the house is silent, 
the birds' nests are shrouded with sleep.
Speak to me 
through hesitating tears, 
through faltering smiles,
through sweet shame and pain, 
the secret of your heart!

Translation(s): CZE GER GER ITA

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1 Gompel: "secrets"

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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)

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Behalte dein Geheimnis nicht", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-01-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:03

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Behalte dein Geheimnis nicht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Behalte dein Geheimnis nicht in deinem Herzen,
Gib es mir preis, nur mir, in aller Stille.
Du, der du so freundlich lächelst,
sag es mir leise,
auf dass mein Herz es hört
und nicht mein Ohr.

Tief ist die Nacht
und still das Haus,
der Schlaf hat seine Decke über Vogels Nest gebreitet.
Vertrau mir
unter zagen Tränen,
mit zögerlichem Lächeln,
süßer Scham und Qual
das Geheimnis deines Herzens an!

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Text added to the website: 2015-10-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-10-27 09:08:21

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