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Gestern war ich Atlas

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gestern war ich Atlas, der den Himmel trug,
Als der Liebsten Herz auf meinem Busen schlug;
Ihrer Augen Sonnen kreisten über mir
Und wie Äther spielt um mich ihr Atemzug.

O zieh den Liebesknoten fester zu noch!
So lang ich athme fand ich keine Ruh' noch.
Laß mich in dir ausathmen! Mir fehlt etwas,
So lang ich etwas andres bin als du noch.

Mir ist dein Kuß je länger, je lieber,
Dein Arm ist mir je länger, je lieber,
Zwar macht dein Kuß, der lange, mir bange,
Mir [aber ist]1 je bänger, je lieber.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "ist aber"

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Yesterday I was Atlas", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Hier j'étais Atlas", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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