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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 NYN RUS

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Mein Geist ist trüb' ‑‑ o nimm geschwind

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

  Mein Geist ist trüb' -- o nimm geschwind 
Die Harfe, die mich stärkt, empor; 
Von deinem Finger gleitet lind 
Ihr schmelzend Murmeln an mein Ohr; 
Wenn Hoffnung nicht dies Herz verlor, 
Wird [dieser]1 Klang hervor sie locken, 
Die Thräne, meines Auges Flor, 
Wird fließen, statt im Hirn zu stocken.

  Fang' nicht mit Jubelliedern an, 
Gib Eins, das wild und traurig klingt: 
Mach', Harfner, daß ich weinen kann, 
Da sonst mein armes Herz zerspringt, 
Das immer sich zum Schweigen zwingt, 
Das sich vom Kummer nährt so lange; -- 
Nun da der Fluch das Schlimmste bringt, 
Jetzt bricht es -- oder schmilzt im Klange.


Translation(s): ENG

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O. Zack sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Adolf Böttger, Schönheiten aus Byron's Werken, Leipzig: Otto Wigand, 1841, pages 27-28.

1 Sometimes incorrectly given as "diesen."

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
      • 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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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2011-05-22 00:00:00.

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