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Wie wogt deine Brust, o Harold!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie wogt deine Brust, o Harold!
Bleich sind deine Lippen,
Starr blickt dein Auge
Auf die zierlichen Worte,
Die schön Ella schrieb:

Vergiß mich, Harold,
War doch ein Traum
Unsere Liebe nur!
Was suchst du
Im glänzenden Marmorsal [sic]?
Siehe, nicht bin ich das Kind mehr,
Mit dem du spieltest,
Bin in der fernen Stadt
Fremd dir geworden--
Vergiß mich, Harold!--

Zitternd sinkst du zusammen
Durchwachst die Nacht,
Die endlos lange Nacht
Stönend [sic] auf deinem Lager;--
Trocken brennen die Augen,
Keine Träne
Lindert die Qualen
Deiner gefolterten Brust.--

Endlich dämmert das Frühlicht.
Immer noch stützet Harold
Das fiebernde Haupt
Auf die zitternde Hand -- --
Sein zerschmettertes Glück.
Starrt ihm entgegen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gustav Kastropp, König Elf’s Lieder. Eine lyrische Rhapsodie, Zweite Auflage, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1877, pages 67-68

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "How your bosom surges, oh Harold", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-11.
Last modified: 2017-06-27 00:25:16
Line count: 29
Word count: 110

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How your bosom surges, oh Harold

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How your bosom surges, oh Harold!
Your lips are pale,
Your eyes gaze fixedly
Upon the delicate words
That lovely Ella wrote:

Forget me, Harold,
For our love was only
A dream!
What do you seek
In the shining marble hall?
Behold, I am no longer the child
With whom you played,
In the distant city
I have become a stranger to you--
Forget me, Harold!--

Tremblingly you sink down crushed,
Lie awake all night,
All through the endless, long night,
Moaning upon your bed;--
Your eyes burn drily,
No tear
Assuages the agony
Of your tortured bosom.--

Finally dawn breaks.
Still Harold supports
His feverish head
Upon his trembling hand -- --
His shattered happiness
Stares back at him.

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Text added to the website: 2017-06-27.
Last modified: 2017-06-27 10:46:21
Line count: 29
Word count: 118