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Wenn die Klänge nahn und fliehen

Language: German (Deutsch)

    Wenn die Klänge nahn und fliehen
    In den Wogen süßer Lust,
    Ach! nach tiefern Melodien
    Sehnt sich einsam oft die Brust.

Wenn auf Bergen blüht die Frühe,
Wieder buntbewegt die Straßen,
Freut sich alles, wie es glühe,
Himmelwärts die Erde blühe:
Einer doch muß tief erblassen,
Goldne Träume, Sternenlust
Wollten ewig ihn nicht lassen -
Sehnt sich einsam oft die Brust.

Und aus solcher Schmerzen Schwellen,
Was so lange dürstend rang,
Will ans Licht nun rastlos quellen,
Stürzend mit den Wasserfällen,
Himmelstäubend, jubelnd, bang,
Nach der Ferne sanft zu ziehen,
Wo so himmlisch Rufen sang,
Ach! nach tiefern Melodien.

Blüten licht nun Blüten drängen,
Daß er möcht vor Glanz erblinden;
In den dunklen Zaubergängen,
Von den eigenen Gesängen
Hold gelockt, kann er nicht finden
Aus dem Labyrinth der Brust.
Alles, alles will's verkünden
In den Wogen süßer Lust.

Doch durch dieses Rauschen wieder
Hört er heimlich Stimmen ziehen,
Wie ein Fall verlorner Lieder
Und er schaut betroffen nieder:
"Wenn die Klänge nahn und fliehen
In den Wogen süßer Lust,
Ach! nach tiefern Melodien
Sehnt sich einsam oft die Brust!"

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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J. Brahms sets stanza 1

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Als de klanken naad'ren en wijken", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2015

Text added to the website: 2004-04-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-12-02 13:05:57

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Als de klanken naad'ren en wijken

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Als de klanken naad'ren en wijken,
Zacht door golven lust getorst,
Ach, naar diep're toonbereiken
Smacht vaak eenzaam 't hart vol dorst.

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