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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]1 --
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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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841) , no title DUT GER FRE NYN DAN FRE GER by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein. Go to the text.

Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT RUS GER FRE NYN FRE GER by Jacob Deichmann Dahl, Carl Nielsen. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846) , title 1: "Mein Geist ist trüb'", from Hebräische Gesänge, published 1820 DUT RUS ENG FRE NYN DAN FRE by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Hugo Brückler, Joseph Gall, M. Henle. Go to the text.

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Julius Körner (1793 - 1873) , title unknown, from Israelitisches Gesänge, published 1821 CAT DUT RUS ENG ITA FRE NYN DAN FRE by Robert Alexander Schumann. Go to the text.

Also set in French (Français), a translation by Léon de Béthune , title unknown DUT RUS GER NYN DAN GER by Eugène Des Aubiez. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in Norwegian (Nynorsk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT RUS GER FRE DAN FRE GER by Susanna Heiberg. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title 1: "Ein grauses Dunkel herrscht in meiner Seele", from Lord Byron's Sämmtliche werke: Nach den anforderungen unserer zeit, Volume 1, many translators, published 1839 DUT RUS ENG FRE NYN DAN FRE by Georg Schumann. Go to the text.

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT RUS FRE NYN DAN FRE by Oskar Viktor Zack. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Karl) Wilhelm Osterwald (1820 - 1887) , title unknown DUT RUS FRE NYN DAN FRE by Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , title 1: "Mein Geist ist trüb' -- o nimm geschwind", from Hebräische Melodien, no. 9, published 1841 DUT RUS FRE NYN DAN FRE by Carl Georg Peter Grädener. Go to the text.

Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Nicolaas Beets (1814 - 1903) , title 1: "'t Wordt nacht in mij" RUS GER FRE NYN DAN FRE GER by Lodewijk Mortelmans. Go to the text.

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Ein grauses Dunkel herrscht in meiner...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ein grauses Dunkel herrscht in meiner Seele,
  Ich sehne mich nach Lied und Harfenklang;
Musik allein -- sie ist die Philomele,
  Die sänftigt meines Herzens wilden Drang,
Sie führt die müden Hoffnungen zum Hafen,
  Und reißt nach oben mächtig mich hinan;
Sie gibt den Thränen, die im Auge schlafen,
  Sie gibt dem Schmerz der Seele freie Bahn.

Doch wild sei der Gesang, der mir soll klingen:
  Spielt mir ein Lied der Trauer, nicht der Lust,
Denn weinen muß ich -- oder schier zerspringen
  Muß mir von gränzenlosem Gram die Brust!
Zu lang trug ich die stumme Qual im Herzen,
  Und seufzte schlaflos in der Mitternacht;
Erliegen muß ich unter diesen Schmerzen,
  Wenn nicht Musik die Brust mir leichter macht!


Translation(s): ENG

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  • by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, "Ein grauses Dunkel herrscht in meiner Seele", from Lord Byron's Sämmtliche werke: Nach den anforderungen unserer zeit, Volume 1, many translators, first published 1839 [ author's text verified 1 time]

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  • 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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  • by Georg Schumann (1866 - 1952), "Ein grauses Dunkel", op. 10 (Vier Lieder, für Gesang und Klavier) no. 4, published 1895 [voice and piano], Leipzig, F. E. C. Leuckart [
     text not verified 
    ]

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "A gruesome darkness", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2010-03-11.
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