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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]1 mag ich noch hören;
Entlocke mit geschickter Hand
  Ihr Töne, die [den Schmerz]2 bethören!
Kann noch mein Herz ein Hoffen nähren,
  Es [zaubern’s]3 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]4 vom Aeussersten belehret --
  Da [bricht's, wo nicht, heilt's im Gesang!]5


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Julius Körner (translator), Lord Byron’s Poesien, Erstes Bändchen, Zwickau: im Verlage der Gebrüder Schumann, 1821, page 15

1 Schumann: "nur sie allein"
2 Schumann: "das Herz"
3 Schumann: "zaubern"
4 Schumann: "Und jetzt"
5 Schumann: "brech' es oder heil' im Sang"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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.

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):

  • 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
Line count: 16
Word count: 98

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My heart is heavy! arise! Take the lute

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My heart is heavy! arise! Take the lute 
  From the wall, [it]1 I still like to hear;
With a skilful hand entice from it
  Sounds that beguile [my pain].2.
If my heart can still nurture a hope,
  These sounds shall magically call it forth,
And if my dry eyes harbour tears,
  They shall flow, and I shall no longer be burnt [by pain]!

Only deep, wild be the flow of the notes,
  And turned away from joy!
Yea, singer, [they must be such] that I must weep,
  Otherwise my heavy heart shall be consumed!
For look! It was nourished by anguish;
  With mute watching it long bore [its burden];
[Now that it has]3 been taught by the extremes [of pain] --
  It [breaks, if not, it heals]4 in song.


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1 Schumann: "only it alone"
2 Schumann: "the heart "
3 Schumann: "And now, having"
4 Schumann: "must break or heal"

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Based on
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.

 

Text added to the website: 2010-06-13.
Last modified: 2018-06-19 11:43:08
Line count: 16
Word count: 128