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Im dunkeln Thale stand ich und jammerte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im dunkeln Thale stand ich und jammerte;
Der Seele bange Leiden umwölken mich;
   Verkannter Liebe Schmerzen hiengen
      Fürchterlich über mein mattes Haupt her!
Da brach ein Glanz aus Wolken, da schimmerte
Vor mir der Hügel; siehe, da standest du,
   O [Hofnung[sic]1, hell im Sonnenstrale,
      Winktest mir armen Verlaßnen freundlich.
Hinauf! Hinauf! Da wand ich durch Dornen mich;
Des Bluts nicht achtend; lachte die Schlangen an,
   Die wüthig zischten; sah den Glanz nur
      Und den eröffneten Arm der [Hofnung![sic]1 --
O Göttin, Göttin! Sage, was wandelt dort?
Es kommt; es kommt! Es lächelt, o Göttin, mir!
   Ists Mariane? Mariane?
      Birg mich, o Göttin! Es kommt! Es lacht mir! --
In meinen Arm? Ich sinke vor Seligkeit!
Am Herzen mir? O Heilige, [steh]2 mir bey! --
   Mein bist Du? -- Gott, und Engel Gottes,
      Helft mir die lastende Freude tragen!
Wo bin ich, Engel? -- Wieder ins Thal gestürzt?
Umhüllt von neuer, dämmernder Traurigkeit?
   Der Hügel wieder trüb in Wolken? --
      Engel, und Menschen! [Wo bin ich, bin ich?]3

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Confirmed with Johann Martin Miller, Siegwart. Eine Klostergeschichte, Faksimiledruck nach der Ausgabe von 1776, mit einem Nachwort von Alain Faure, Zweiter Band, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1971, pages 788-789

1 Türk: "Hoffnung"
2 Türk: "steht"
3 Türk: "Wo bin ich? Wo bin ich?"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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In the dark valley I stood and wailed

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the dark valley I stood and wailed;
Shrouded by the anxious sufferings of my soul;
   The pains of misunderstood love hung
      Fearsomely over my weary head!
Then a radiance burst forth from the clouds, the hill
Shimmered before me; behold, there you stood
   Oh Hope, brightly in a sunbeam,
      Beckoned kindly to me, a forsaken wretch.
Upward! Upward! I fought my way through thorns,
Disregarding my bleeding; I laughed at the snakes
   That hissed furiously; I only saw the radiance
      And the open arms of Hope!
Oh goddess, goddess! Tell me, who walks yonder?
She approaches; she approaches!  Oh goddess, she smiles upon me!
   Is it Mariane? Mariane?
      Hide me, oh goddess! She approaches!  She smiles upon me! --
In my arms? I subside in rapture!
At my breast? Oh [holy one]1, stand by me! --
   You are mine? -- God, and angels of God,
      Help me to bear the burden of happiness!
Where am I, angel? -- Dashed into the valley again?
Shrouded in new, darkening sadness?
   The hilltop again drearily in the clouds?
      Angels, and people! [Where am I, am I?]2

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1 Türk: "saints"
2 Türk: "Where am I? Where am I?"


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