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Sei still mein Herz

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich wahrte die Hoffnung tief in der Brust,
Die sich ihr vertrauend erschlossen,
Mir strahlten die Augen voll Lebenslust,
Wenn mich ihre Zauber umflossen,
Wenn ich ihrer schmeichelnden Stimme gelauscht,
Im Wettersturm ist ihr Echo verrauscht,
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.

Die Erde lag vor mir im Frühlingstraum,
Den Licht und Wärme durchglühte,
Und wonnetrunken durchwallt ich den Raum,
Der Brust entsproßte die Blüte,
Der Liebe Lenz war in mir erwacht,
Mich durch rieselt Frost, in der Seele ist Nacht.
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.

Ich baute von Blumen und Sonnenglanz 
Eine Brücke mir durch das Leben,
Auf der ich wandelnd im Lorbeerkranz
Mich geweiht dem hochedelsten Streben,
Der Menschen Dank war mein schönster Lohn,
Laut auf lacht die Menge mit frechem Hohn,
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA POR

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Submitted by Emily Ezust

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Guarda silenci, cor meu", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wees stil, mijn hart", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , "Be still, my heart", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sois calme mon cœur", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Taci, cuore mio", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Aquiete-se, meu coração", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Be still, my heart

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 I once harbored hope deep in my breast
 Which, trusting, unlocked to her;
 My eyes were radiant with joie de vivre
 While her magic encircled me.
 But when I harkened to her beguiling voice
 The echo died away in the storm.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.
 
 Earth lay before me in a spring dream
 Suffused with warmth and light,
 And drunk with joy I wafted through space,
 Blossoms burst forth from my breast;
 Love's springtime awakened in me.
 Now frost shudders through me; in my soul it is night.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.
 
 Out of sunshine and flowers I built myself
 A bridge through life
 Passing over which, laurel-crowned,
 I devoted myself to the noblest of strivings.
 Man's gratitude was my finest reward;
 The crowd laughs aloud now with impudent scorn.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.


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

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