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Tief im Herzen trag' ich Pein

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Portuguese (Português)

Tief im Herzen trag' ich Pein,
Muß nach außen stille sein.
Den geliebten Schmerz verhehle
Tief ich vor der Welt Gesicht;
Und es fühlt ihn nur die Seele,
Denn der Leib verdient ihn nicht.
Wie der Funke frei und licht
Sich verbirgt im Kieselstein,
Trag' ich innen tief die Pein.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Volkslieder und Romanzen der Spanier im Versmasse des Originals verdeutscht durch Emanuel Geibel, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1843, page 6

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Diep van binnen lijd ik pijn", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Deep within my heart I harbour anguish", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La souffrance est au fond de mon cœur", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-11.
Last modified: 2015-11-26 08:18:20
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Word count: 50

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Deep within my heart I harbour anguish

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Deep within my heart I harbour anguish,
Outwardly I must be silent.
I conceal the beloved pain
Assiduously from the face of the world;
And only the soul feels it,
For the body does not deserve it.
As the spark, free and bright,
Conceals itself within the pebble,
I harbour anguish deep within myself.

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Text added to the website: 2015-11-26.
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