Two songs

Song Cycle by Arthur Olaf Andersen (1880 - 1958)

Word count: 205

1. Unschuld [sung text not yet checked]

Gieb, schönes Kind, mir deine Hand
Und sieh mich an,
Den Reisenden aus Wehmutland
Und ärmsten Mann.

Schlag deine Augen nieder nicht;
Sie sind so hold;
Noch nicht voll Glut, doch voller Licht
Und Unschuldsgold.

Das hat so innig milden Schein,
Oh süßes Kind,
Dass alle Kümmernisse mein
Verflogen sind.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Innocence", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1. Innocence [sung text not yet checked]

Lay, pretty child, in mine thy hand
And look at me,
A wanderer from sorrow's land,
Most poor is he.

Droop not thine eyes before my sight
So shyly bent,
Not full a glow, yet fill'd with light
And innocent;

They have such fervent, tender shine,
O sweetest child,
That all these troubling woes of mine
Are grown more mild.

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2. In verschwiegener Nacht [sung text not yet checked]

In verschwiegener Nacht
Hab' ich deiner gedacht
Und mit sehnendem Gruß
Dich gegrüßet.

Hab' geweint und gelacht
In der heimlichen Nacht
Und mit [seligem]1 Kuß
Dich geküsset.

Als das Morgenlicht kam
Und die Träume mir nahm,
Hab' ich einsam die Wonne
Gebüßet.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans la nuit discrète", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Anna Ritter, Gedichte, Einundzwanzigst Auflage, Stuttgart und Berlin: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger, 1905, page 37.

1 Courvoisier: "sehnendem"

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2. In the silence of night [sung text checked 1 time]

In the silence of night
Did I dream with delight,
And, with longing desire sent thee greeting.

Then I wept and laugh'd light
In the stillness of night,
And with rapturous joy did I kiss thee.

As the morning light fell,
All my dreams to dispell,
Did I lonely to rapture give penance.

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