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Ach, was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen, hm, hm.
Es liegt mir was auf meinem Herzen, hm, hm.
Und ich trau es nicht zu sagen,
Mich bei Jemand zu beklagen,
    da ich doch, hm, hm.

Stille muß ich's in mich schliessen, hm, hm.
Darf kein Wörtchen lassen fliessen, hm, hm.
Muß mich stellen vor den Leuten,
Als wär ich in allen Freuden,
    da ich doch, hm, hm.

Meine Freude wär zu leben, hm, hm.
Mich der Freundschaft zu ergeben, hm, hm.
Mein Herz wünscht sich zu verschenken,
Um ein and'res Herz zu lenken,
    das empfindsam hm, hm.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Ah, what sorrow, agony and pain", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Ah quel chagrin, quels tourments et quelle douleur, hm, hm", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2016-05-24 15:23:33
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Word count: 96

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Ah, what sorrow, agony and pain

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah, what sorrow, agony and pain, hm, hm.
Something is weighing upon my heart, hm, hm.
And I dare not say it,
[Dare not] complain to anyone,
    since I, hm, hm.

Silently I must lock it up inside myself, hm, hm.
Must not let a single little word flow out, hm, hm.
I must appear before other people
As if I were revelling in all joys,
    while I, hm, hm.

It would be my happiness to live, hm, hm.
To surrender myself to friendship, hm, hm.
My heart wishes to give itself away,
In order to guide another heart
    that is sensitive, hm, hm.

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Text added to the website: 2016-05-24.
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