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Ich weiß nicht, was noch werden soll

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich weiß nicht, was noch werden soll
[Und]1 kann es nimmer tragen:
Mir ist das Herz so übervoll,
Ich muß es singen und sagen.

Der junge Lenz hat lind und sacht
Vom Wald Besitz genommen --
Mir unbewußt, wohl über Nacht,
Ist mir die Liebe gekommen.

Im Garten singt die Nachtigall,
Es blüht der blaue Flieder --
Mein Sinnen und mein Denken all
Kehrt stets zur Einzigen wieder.

Und wo ich immer träumend steh',
Wohin die Schritte sich lenken:
Im [dunklen]2, am blauen See
Muß immer Dein gedenken. --

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Bruno Eelbo, Sonnige Tage: Lieder aus einem alten Skizzenbuche, Leipzig, Verlag von H. Haessel, 1888, pages 8-9.

1 von Koss: "Ich"
2 von Koss: "dunkeln"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Sunny days", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-05-30.
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Sunny days

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I do not know how it shall all turn out
[And]1 can never bear it:
My heart is so overfull,
I must sing it and tell of it.

The young springtime has, gently and softly,
Taken possession of the forest --
Without my knowing, likely overnight,
Love has come to me.

The nightingale sings in the garden,
The blue lilac is blooming --
All my musing and my thinking
Ever returns to her, the One.

And wherever I stand dreaming,
Wherever my steps turn:
In the dark, beside the blue lake
I must always think of you. --

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1 von Koss: "I"


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