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Laß tief in dir mich lesen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laß tief in dir mich lesen,
Verhehl' auch dies mir nicht,
Was für ein Zauberwesen
Aus deiner Stimme spricht!

So viele Worte dringen
[Ans]1 Ohr uns ohne Plan,
Und während sie verklingen,
Ist alles abgetan!

Doch [drängt]2 auch nur von ferne
Dein Ton zu mir sich her,
[Behorch']3 ich ihn so gerne,
Vergess' ich ihn so schwer.

Ich bebe dann, entglimme
Von allzu rascher Glut:
Mein Herz und deine Stimme
Verstehn sich gar zu gut!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE NOR

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1 Kjerulf: "In's"
2 Kjerulf: "dringt"
3 Schumann: "Belausch'"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Norwegian (Bokmål), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist DUT ENG FRE ; composed by Halfdan Kjerulf.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Haar stem", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-03-08 16:14:16

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Let me read deep within you

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Let me read deep within you -
Do not conceal this from me either -
What kind of a magical spirit
Speaks through your voice.

So many words assail
Our ears without design
And when they have died away,
Nothing remains!

But if even from a distance
The sound of your voice finds its way to me,
I listen to it so gladly,
I find it so difficult to forget.

I tremble then, come alight
With all too rapid ardour;
My heart and your voice
Understand each other too well!

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Translated titles:
"Mein Herz und deine Stimme" = "My heart and your voice"
"An die Geliebte" = "To the beloved"
"Die Stimme der Geliebten" = "The voice of the beloved"
"Ihre Stimme"= "Her voice"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by August von Platen-Hallermünde (1796 - 1835), no title, appears in Gedichte, in Romanzen und Jugendlieder, no. 14 DUT FRE NOR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Maria von Arnesberg Arndts, née Vespermann, widowed Görres, Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, Anton Bruckner, Friedrich Curschmann, Heinrich Dorn, Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffmann, J. Graefen, Karl Amandus Wilhelm Hässler, Marie Charlotte Henriette von Kehler, Johanna Kinkel, née Mockel, Halfdan Kjerulf, Peter Joseph Lindpaintner, František Pivoda, Karl Martin Reinthaler, Martha von Sabinin, Hans Schläger, Robert Schumann, Eduard, Freiherr von Seldeneck, Ferdinand Sieber, Friedrich Siebmann, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-09-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-07-13 15:20:12

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