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Mahnung

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sorgsam mußt dein Glück du hüten,
Trag' es nicht der Welt zur Schau;
Für die zarten Herzensblüthen
Ist die Welt zu kalt, zu rauh.
 
Jeder, der noch Blumen streute,
Daß die Welt sich dran entzückt,
Sah sie bald -- des Sturmes Beute --
Todtgetreten und zerpflückt.
 
Glück und Kranz sind leicht zerrissen --
Weißt du nicht, wie Menschen sind?
Keiner, keiner darf es wissen,
Daß du glücklich bist, mein Kind!


Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Fliegende Blätter, 106. Band (1897), Nro. 2699, page 156


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship


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

  • by Berta Bock (1857 - 1945), "Mahnung", op. 5 (Fünf Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 4, published 1900 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Schuberth jun. [
     text not verified 
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Admonition", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Admonition

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You must guard your joy with care,
Do not put it on display for the world;
For the heart’s delicate blossoms,
The world is too cold, too coarse.
 
Everyone who has ever strewn flowers
In order that the world might rejoice therein,
Soon saw them -- the storm’s spoils --
Trampled to death and plucked to pieces.
 
Joy and wreaths are easily torn --
Do you not know what people are like?
No one, no one must know
That you are happy, my child!


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