Six Lieder

Song Cycle by Clara Schumann, née Wieck (1819 - 1896)

Word count: 453
Original language: Sechs Lieder
1. Ihr Bildnis [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich stand in [dunkeln]1 Träumen
Und [starrte]2 ihr Bildniß an,
Und das geliebte Antlitz
Heimlich zu leben begann.
 
Um ihre Lippen zog sich
Ein Lächeln wunderbar,
Und wie von Wehmuthsthränen
Erglänzte [ihr]3 Augenpaar.
 
Auch meine Thränen flossen
Mir von den Wangen herab - 
Und ach, ich [kann es]4 nicht glauben,
Daß ich Dich verloren hab'!

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Estava immers en obscures vagueries", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1996
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Hänen kuvansa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans des rêves sombres", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'étais plongé en de sombres rêveries", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Immagine di lei", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "그녀 모습", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von H. Heine. Hamburg bei Hoffmann und Campe. 1827, page 201; and with Reisebilder von H. Heine. Erster Theil. Hamburg, bey Hoffmann und Campe. 1826, page 27.

1 sometimes given as "dunklen"
2 Beach, Grieg, Schubert: "starrt'"
3 Hinrichs "das"
4 Grieg, Hinrichs, Schumann: "kann's"

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by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
1. Dans des rêves sombres
Dans des rêves sombres j'étais debout
Et je regardais son portrait,
Et le visage bien aimé
Secrètement reprenait vie.

Sur ses lèvres jouait
Un merveilleux sourire.
Et ses yeux brillaient
Avec des larmes mélancoliques.

Et mes larmes coulaient aussi
Depuis mes joues.
Hélas ! Je ne peux croire
Que je t'ai perdue !

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2. Sie liebten sich beide [sung text not yet checked]
  Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner
Wollt' es dem andern gestehn;
Sie sahen sich an so feindlich,
Und wollten vor Liebe vergehn.

  Sie trennten sich endlich und [sahn]1 sich
Nur noch zuweilen im Traum;
Sie waren [längst]2 gestorben
Und wußten es selber kaum.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verliefd waren beiden", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "They once loved each other", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ils s'aimaient tous les deux", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tous deux s'aimaient, pourtant aucun", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Si amavano entrambi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun, [1887], page 131.

1 Backer-Grøndahl, White: "sahen"
2 Backer-Grøndahl: "schon längst"

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by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
2. Ils s'aimaient tous les deux
Ils s'aimaient tous les deux, mais aucun
N'était prêt à le dire à l'autre,
Ils se regardaient si froidement,
Pourtant ils se languissaient d'amour.

Finalement, ils se séparèrent et se virent
Seulement de temps en temps dans un rêve ;
Ils moururent il y a longtemps
Et en furent à peine conscients.

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3. Liebeszauber [sung text checked 1 time]
Die Liebe saß als Nachtigall
Im Rosenbusch und sang,
Es flog der wundersüße Schall
Den grünen Wald entlang.

Und wie er klang, da stieg im Kreis
Aus tausend Kelchen Duft,
Und alle Wipfel rauschten leis',
Und [leise]1 ging die Luft;

Die Bäche schwiegen, die noch kaum
Geplätschert von den Höh'n,
Die Rehlein standen wie im Traum
Und lauschten dem Getön.

Und hell und immer heller floß
Der Sonne Glanz herein,
Um Blumen, Wald und Schlucht ergoß
Sich [goldig rother]2 Schein.

Ich aber zog den Weg entlang
Und hörte auch den Schall --
Ach, was seit jener Stund' ich sang,
War nur sein Wiederhall.

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  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , no title, copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Rakkauden taikaa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Magie de l'amour", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibel, Gedichte, Vierte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1845, page 72.

1 C. Schumann: "leiser"
2 Backer-Grøndahl: "goldigrother"

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by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
3. Magie de l'amour
L'Amour se posa, comme un rossignol,
Dans un buisson de roses et chanta ;
Le merveilleux chant si doux
Envahit le bois verdoyant.

Et à son chant se répandirent
Des senteurs de milliers de fleurs,
Et chaque cime d'arbre s'agita doucement
Et plus léger était l'air.

Les ruisseaux étaient silencieux eux qui
Récemment dévalaient des hauteurs ;
Les faons se tenaient comme dans un rêve
Et écoutaient le chant.

Et légers et encore plus légers
Les rayons du soleil scintillaient,
Et sur les fleurs, les arbres et le vallon
L'éclat jaune d'or se répandait.

Mais j'allais mon chemin
et j'entendis aussi le chant.
Hélas ! Depuis ce moment mes chants
ne sont que son écho.

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4. Der Mond kommt still gegangen [sung text checked 1 time]
Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Mit seinem [goldnen]1 Schein,
Da schläft [in]2 holdem Prangen 
Die müde Erde ein.

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Und auf den Lüften schwanken Aus manchem treuen Sinn Viel tausend Liebesgedanken Über die Schläfer hin. Und drunten im Tale, da funkeln Die Fenster von Liebchens Haus; Ich aber blicke im Dunkeln Still in die Welt hinaus.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De maan komt stil gevaren", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The moon so peaceful rises", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Night song", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kuu kohoaa hiljaa esiin", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La lune vient doucement", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibel, Gedichte, vierte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1845, page 18.

1 Bernoully: "holden"
2 Grimm: "mit"

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by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
4. La lune vient doucement
La lune vient doucement
Avec sa lumière dorée
Et la terre lasse dort
Dans sa douce splendeur.

[ ... ]
Et dans l'air alors flottent Au-dessus des dormeurs Des milliers de pensées d'amour De maintes âmes fidèles. Et en bas dans la vallée elles scintillent À la fenêtre de la maison de ma bien aimée. Mais je suis dans le noir, regardant Tranquillement le monde.

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5. Ich hab' in deinem Auge [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich hab' in deinem Auge den Strahl 
Der ewigen Liebe gesehen, 
Ich sah auf deinen Wangen einmal 
Die Rosen des Himmels [stehen]1.

Und wie der Strahl im Aug' erlischt,
Und wie die Rosen zerstieben,
Ihr Abglanz, ewig neu erfrischt,
Ist mir im Herzen geblieben.

Und niemals werd' ich die Wangen sehn 
Und nie in's Auge dir blicken,
So werden sie mir in Rosen stehn
Und es den Strahl mir schicken.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "En els teus ulls ", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ik zag ooit in jouw ogen", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "I once into your eyes looked", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans tes yeux je vois", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 C. Schumann: "stehn"

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by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
5. Dans tes yeux je vois
Dans tes yeux je vois
la lumière de l'amour vrai.
Une fois j'ai vu sur tes joues
les roses du paradis.

Quoique dans tes yeux la lumière s'affaiblissent
Et que les roses soient éparpillées,
Leur reflet toujours nouveau
Est resté dans mon cœur.

Je ne verrai jamais plus tes joues
Ni te regarderai dans les yeux,
Sans les roses étant là
Et la lumière brillant pour moi.

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6. Die stille Lotusblume [sung text checked 1 time]
[Die stille Wasserrose]1
Steigt aus dem blauen See,
[Die feuchten Blätter zittern]2,
Der Kelch ist weiß wie Schnee.

Da gießt der Mond vom Himmel
All' seinen gold'nen Schein,
Gießt alle seine Strahlen
In ihren Schoß hinein.

Im Wasser um die Blume
Kreiset ein weißer Schwan
Er [singt]3 so süß, so leise
Und schaut die Blume an.

Er singt so süß, so leise
Und will im Singen vergehn.
O Blume, weiße Blume,
Kannst du das Lied verstehn?

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "De stille waterlelie", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The quiet lotus-blossom/water-rose", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fleur de lotus immobile", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 C. Schumann: "Die stille Lotusblume" or "Die stille Lotosblume"
2 Gade, Kücken, Liszt, Raff, C. Schumann: "Die Blätter flimmern und blitzen"
3 Kücken: "singet"

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by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
6. La fleur de lotus immobile
La fleur de lotus immobile
Sort du lac bleu.
Les feuilles miroitent et scintillent,
La coupe est blanche comme de la neige.

depuis le ciel la lune fait couler
Toute sa lumière dorée,
Fait couler tous ses rayons
Dans ses profondeurs.

Un cygne blanc fait des circles
Autour de la fleur dans l'eau,
Il chante si doucement, si légèrement,
Et regarde la fleur.

Il chante si doucement, si légèrement,
mourant en chantant.
O fleur, blanche fleur,
Peux-tu comprendre le chant ?

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