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Wie ist mein Auge so thränenschwer!

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

Wie ist mein Auge so thränenschwer!
Schon lange kennt mich die Freude nicht mehr;
Nicht Mitleid flüstert mir Trost in's Ohr,
Und tief betraur' ich, was ich verlor.

Die Liebe hat Wonnen, ich habe geliebt;
Die Liebe hat Trübsal, ich war betrübt;
Noch klopft mir im Busen das Herz so schwer:
Doch bald - ich fühl' es - bald klopft's nicht mehr.

O wär' ich dort, wo ich selig war,
An jenem Strome so hell und klar!
Dort schweifet mein Lieb am Wanderstab;
Der wischte wohl gern die Thräne mir ab.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Robert Burns' Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Mit des Dichters Leben und erläuternden Bemerkungen, Leipzig, 1840, page 234.

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2015-05-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-05-04 10:08:11

Line count: 12
Word count: 91

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How my eyes are so heavy with tears!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How my eyes are so heavy with tears!
For a long time already, joy is a stranger to me;
Comfort does not whisper sympathy into my ear,
And I deeply mourn that which I lost.

Love has joys, I have loved;
Love has tribulations, I was downcast;
My heart is still beating so heavily in my bosom:
But soon - I feel it - soon it shall beat no more.

Oh were I there, where I was happy,
At that river so bright and clear!
There my love wanders with his staff;
Surely, he would gladly wipe my tears away.

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Translations of title(s):
"Liebesweh" = "Pain of love"
"Wie ist mein Auge so thränenschwer" = "How my eyes are so heavy with tears"


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Text added to the website: 2017-11-09 00:00:00.

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