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Ins Joch beug' ich den Nacken demuthvoll

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Ins Joch beug' ich den Nacken demuthvoll,
Beug' lächelnd vor dem Mißgeschick dies Haupt,
Dies Herz das liebt und glaubt,
Vor meiner Feindin.  Wider diese Qual
Bäum' ich mich nicht mit Groll,
Mir bangt viel mehr, sie lindre sich einmal.
Wenn deines Auges Strahl
Dies Leid verwandelt hat in Lebenssaft,
Welch Leid hat dann zu töten mich die Kraft?

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Sämmtliche Gedichte Michelangelo's in Guasti's Text, mit deutscher Übersetzung von Sophie Hasenclever, Leipzig: Verlag von Alphons Dürr, MDCCCLXXV (1885), page 71.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Madrigal", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Madrigal", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 9
Word count: 59

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Into the yoke I humbly bow my neck,
Bow this my head smilingly before my misfortune,
Bow this my heart that loves and has faith
Before my enemy.  Against this agony
I do not rebel with rancour,
Rather, I am afraid that it will once
Be assuaged when the beam of your eyes
Has transformed this suffering into my lifeblood,
What suffering then has the power to kill me?

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Text added to the website: 2013-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:08
Line count: 9
Word count: 69