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My soul is dark ‑ Oh! quickly string

Language: English

My soul is dark - Oh! quickly string
  The harp I yet can brook to hear;
And let thy gentle fingers fling
  Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear. --
If in this heart a hope be dear,
  That sound shall charm it forth again --
If in these eyes there lurk a tear, 
  'Twill flow -- and cease to burn my brain --

But bid the strain be wild and deep,
  Nor let thy notes of joy be first:
I tell thee -- Minstrel! I must weep,
  Or else this heavy heart will burst --
For it hath been by sorrow nurst,
  And ached in sleepless silence long --
And now 'tis doom'd to know the worst,
  And break at once -- or yield to song.


Translation(s): DAN DUT FRE FRE GER GER GER GER GER GER NYN RUS

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23
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Mein Herz ist schwer! auf! Von der Wand

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Mein Herz ist schwer! auf! Von der Wand 
  Die Laute, sie mag ich noch hören;
Entlocke mit geschickter Hand
  Ihr Töne, die den Schmerz bethören!
Kann noch mein Herz ein Hoffen nähren,
  Es zaubern’s diese Töne her,
Und birgt mein trocknes Auge Zähren,
  Sie fließen, und mich brennt's nicht mehr!

Nur tief sey, wild der Töne Fluß,
  Und von der Freude weggekehret!
Ja, Sänger, daß ich weinen muß,
  Sonst wird das schwere Herz verzehret!
Denn sieh! vom Kummer ward's genähret;
  Mit stummem Wachen trug es lang;
Jetzt ward's vom Aeussersten belehret --
  Da bricht's, wo nicht, heilt's im Gesang!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Based on
  • a text in English by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "My soul is dark", appears in Hebrew Melodies, no. 9, adaptation of I Samuel 16:14-23, first published 1815 DUT FRE RUS DAN FRE NYN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alfred Alexander, Jan van Amerongen, L. G. Barbour, Charles Auguste de Beriot, Samuel Bugatch, Noble Cain, Thomas Case, T. Davenport Chatterton, Thomas Childs, H. J. Coldwell, David Leo Diamond, John Lodge Ellerton, William Wallace Gilchrist, Arthur H. Gutman, J. Valentine Hall, Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman, James Nary, Isaac Nathan, Samuel Harold Oakley, C. E. Phillips, G. Pigott, Bryceson Treharne, Thomas Van Dyke Wiesenthal. Go to the text.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "De les melodies hebrees", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Mijn hart is zwaar", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Mon cœur est sombre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "E' pesante il mio cuore", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-19.
Last modified: 2018-07-29 17:21:50
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