I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with themselves, remorseful after deeds done; I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate; I see the wife misused by her husband -- I see the treacherous seducer of young women; I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be hid -- I see these sights on the earth; I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny -- I see martyrs and prisoners; I observe a famine at sea -- I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill'd, to preserve the lives of the rest; I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like; All these -- All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look out upon, See, hear, and am silent.
Symphony No. 1, Versuch eines Requiems
Symphony by Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905 - 1963)
1. Introduktion. Elend (Allegro)  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), "I sit and look out", appears in Leaves of Grass [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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2. Frühling  [sung text checked 1 time]
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. [Ever-returning]1 spring, trinity sure to me you bring, Lilac blooming [perennial and drooping star in the west]2, And thought of him I love.
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), no title, appears in Memories of President Lincoln, in When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, no. 1 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Quand les derniers lilas dans la petite cour fleurissaient", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 Fine: "O Ever-returning"
2 Hartmann: "perennial, misery you give to us all,"
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3. Tears  [sung text checked 1 time]
Tears! tears! tears! In the night, in solitude, tears, On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the sand, Tears, not a star shining, all dark and desolate, Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head; [ ... ]
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), "Tears" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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