Five songs by Rückert

Song Cycle by Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)

Word count: 381
Original language: Fünf Rückertlieder
1. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft! [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich atmet' einen linden Duft!
Im Zimmer stand
Ein Zweig der Linde,
Ein Angebinde
Von lieber Hand.
Wie lieblich war der Lindenduft!

Wie lieblich ist der Lindenduft!
Das Lindenreis
Brachst du gelinde!
Ich atme leis
Im Duft der Linde
Der Liebe linden Duft.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Respirava una suau fragància!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I breathed a gentle fragrance!", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Respiravo un delicato profumo!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , "Eu aspirei uma fragrância gentil!", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "¡Olía un suave aroma!", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Jag kände en doft så ljuv", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1. I breathed a gentle fragrance!
I breathed a gentle fragrance!
In the room stood
a sprig of linden,
a gift
from a dear hand.
How lovely was the fragrance of linden!

How lovely is the fragrance of linden!
That twig of linden
you broke off so gently!
Softly I breathe in
the fragrance of linden,
the gentle fragrance of love.

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2. Liebst du um Schönheit [sung text checked 1 time]
Liebst du um Schönheit,
O nicht mich liebe! 
Liebe die Sonne,
Sie trägt ein gold'nes Haar!

Liebst du um Jugend,
O nicht mich liebe!
Liebe den Frühling,
Der jung ist jedes Jahr! 

Liebst du um Schätze,
O nicht mich liebe. 
Liebe die Meerfrau,
[Die]1 hat viel Perlen klar.

Liebst du um Liebe,
O ja, mich liebe!
Liebe mich immer, 
Dich lieb' ich immerdar.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Si estimes per la bellesa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zoek je naar schoonheid?", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "If you love for beauty", copyright © 2014
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Si tu aimes pour la beauté", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Si tu aimes la beauté", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Se ami per la bellezza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Maria Guimarães) , "Se amas pela beleza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Villar) , "Si amas la belleza", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Älskar du för Skönhets skull, älska inte mig", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Liebesfühling, Vierter Strauss: Wiedergewonnen, Elfte Auflage. Frankfurt am Main: J. D. Sauerländer's Verlag, 1880, page 218.

See also Louis-Alexandre Fortoul's Qu'aimes‑tu de moi ?, which seems to have been inspired by this poem.

1 Mahler, C. Schumann: "Sie"

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull
by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
2. If you love for beauty
If you love for beauty,
Oh do not love me!
Love the sun, 
It has gold hair!

If you love for youth,
Oh do not love me!
Love the spring-time
That is young each year!

If you love for wealth,
Oh do not love me!
Love the mermaid,
[Who]1 has many limpid pearls!

If you love for love,
Oh yes, love me!
Love me forever;
I will love you forevermore!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Emily Ezust

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1 Mahler, C. Schumann: "She"


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Line count: 16
Word count: 70

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3. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder [sung text checked 1 time]
Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
Meine Augen schlag' ich nieder,
Wie ertappt auf böser That;
Selber darf ich nicht getrauen,
Ihrem Wachsen zuzuschauen:
Deine Neugier ist Verrath.

Bienen, wenn sie Zellen bauen,
Lassen auch nicht zu sich schauen,
Schauen selber auch nicht zu.
[Wann]1 die reichen Honigwaben
Sie zu Tag gefördert haben,
Dann vor allen nasche du!

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "No miris les meves cançons!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Look not into my songs!", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Non curiosare fra i miei canti!", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "¡No miréis mis canciones!", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Tjuvkika inte på mina sånger", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Mahler: "Wenn"

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by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
3. Look not into my songs!
Look not into my songs!
My eyes I lower,
as if I've been caught in an evil deed.
I can't even trust myself
to watch them grow.
Your curiosity is a betrayal!

Bees, when they build their cells,
also do not let anyone observe them;
even themselves.
When1 the rich honeycombs
are brought out to the light of day,
then you shall taste them before everyone else!

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1 "if" in the Mahler setting.


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Word count: 67

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4. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,
Mit der ich sonst viele Zeit verdorben,
Sie hat so lange [von mir nichts]1 vernommen,
Sie mag wohl glauben, ich sei gestorben.

Es ist mir auch gar nichts daran gelegen,
Ob sie mich für gestorben hält,
Ich kann auch gar nichts sagen dagegen,
Denn wirklich bin ich gestorben der Welt.

Ich bin gestorben dem [Weltgewimmel]2,
Und ruh' in einem stillen Gebiet.
Ich leb' allein [in mir und meinem]3 Himmel,
In meinem Lieben, in meinem Lied.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "He esdevingut distant del món", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Hansa Krijgsman) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I am lost to the world", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Straniero al mondo sono diventato", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Jestem stracony dla świata", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "He desaparecido del mundo", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Jag har släppt taget om världen", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Mahler: "nichts von mir"
2 Mahler: "Weltgetümmel"
3 Mahler: "in meinem"

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
4. I am lost to the world
I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world's tumult,
And I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song.

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5. Um Mitternacht [sung text checked 1 time]
Um Mitternacht
[Hab']1 ich gewacht
Und aufgeblickt [zum]2 Himmel;
Kein Stern [vom]3 Sterngewimmel
Hat mir gelacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich gedacht
Hinaus in dunkle Schranken.
Es hat kein Lichtgedanken
Mir Trost gebracht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Nahm ich in Acht
Die Schläge meines Herzens;
Ein einz'ger Puls [des Schmerzens]4
War angefacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Kämpft' ich die Schlacht,
O Menschheit, deiner Leiden;
Nicht konnt' ich sie entscheiden
Mit meiner Macht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich die Macht
In deine Hand gegeben!
Herr über Tod und Leben
Du hältst die Wacht
Um Mitternacht!

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A mitjanit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At midnight", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Keskiyöllä", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A mezzanotte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Północ", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "A medianoche", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Vid midnatt", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Puchtler: "Bin"; further changes may exist not shown above. May be instead this text by B. Auerbach
2 Hiller: "gen"
3 Hiller: "am"
4 Hiller: "der Schmerzen"

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by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
5. At midnight
 At midnight
 I awoke
 and gazed up to heaven;
 No star in the entire mass
 did smile down at me
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I projected my thoughts
 out past the dark barriers.
 No thought of light
 brought me comfort
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I paid close attention
 to the beating of my heart;
 One single pulse of agony
 flared up
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I fought the battle,
 o Mankind, of your suffering;
 I could not decide it
 with my strength
 at midnight.

 At midnight
 I surrendered my strength
 into your hands!
 Lord! over death and life
 You keep watch
 at midnight!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 104

Translation © by Emily Ezust