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Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden,
Die durch meinen Busen ziehn?
Alle alten Wünsche scheiden,
Tausend neue Blumen blühn.

Durch die Dämmerung der Tränen
Seh' ich [ferne]1 Sonnen stehn, -
Welches Schmachten! welches Sehnen!
Wag' ich's? soll ich näher gehn?

Ach, und fällt die Träne nieder,
Ist es dunkel um mich her;
Dennoch kömmt kein Wunsch mir wieder,
[Zukunft]2 ist von Hoffnung leer.

So schlage denn, [strebendes]3 Herz,
So fließet denn, Tränen, [herab]4,
Ach, Lust ist nur tieferer Schmerz,
Leben ist [dunkeles]5 Grab, -

Ohne Verschulden
Soll [ich]6 erdulden?
Wie ist's, daß mir im Traum
Alle Gedanken
Auf und nieder schwanken!
Ich kenne mich noch kaum.

O, hört mich, ihr gütigen Sterne,
O höre mich, [grünende Flur]7,
[Du, Liebe, den heiligen]8 Schwur:
Bleib' ich ihr ferne,
Sterb' ich gerne.
Ach, nur [im Licht von]9 ihrem Blick
Wohnt Leben und Hoffnung und Glück!


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR

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1 Weber: "neue" (new)
2 Weber: "Erde" (the earth)
3 Weber: "sterbendes" (dying)
4 Weber: "hinab" (out)
5 Brahms: "dunkles"
6 Weber: "ich's" (I)
7 Weber: "weite Nature" (wide Nature)
8 Weber: "Hört den ernsten" (Hear the serious)
9 omitted by Weber.
Textual variants provided by Peter W. Shea

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Are they sorrows or are they joys", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Sono dolori, sono gioie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Zijn het smarten, is het vreugde", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Are they sorrows or are they joys

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Are they sorrows or are they joys
Which tug at my breast?
All the old desires leave;
A thousand new flowers bloom.

Through the dusk of tears
I see suns standing in the distance, -
What languishing, what longing! 
Do I dare? Shall I move closer?

Ah, and when my tears are falling,
It is dark around me;
Yet if my desires do not return,
The future is empty of hope.

So beat then, my ambitious heart,
So flow down then, my tears,
Ah, joy is only a deeper pain,
Life is a dark grave, -

Without guilt,
Should I then suffer?
How is it that in my dreams
All my thoughts
Tremble up and down?
I scarcely know myself any more.

O, hear me, kindly stars,
O hear me, green meadow,
And you, my love, hear my holy oath:
If I remain far from her,
I will die gladly.
Ah, only in the light of her gaze
Dwell life and hope and happiness!


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