Six German songs for voice, clarinet, and piano

Song Cycle by Louis [Ludwig] Spohr (1784 - 1859)

Word count: 766
Original language: Sechs deutsche Lieder für eine Singstimme, Klarinette und Klavier
1. Sei still mein Herz [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich wahrte die Hoffnung tief in der Brust,
Die sich ihr vertrauend erschlossen,
Mir strahlten die Augen voll Lebenslust,
Wenn mich ihre Zauber umflossen,
Wenn ich ihrer schmeichelnden Stimme gelauscht,
Im Wettersturm ist ihr Echo verrauscht,
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.

Die Erde lag vor mir im Frühlingstraum,
Den Licht und Wärme durchglühte,
Und wonnetrunken durchwallt ich den Raum,
Der Brust entsproßte die Blüte,
Der Liebe Lenz war in mir erwacht,
Mich durch rieselt Frost, in der Seele ist Nacht.
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.

Ich baute von Blumen und Sonnenglanz 
Eine Brücke mir durch das Leben,
Auf der ich wandelnd im Lorbeerkranz
Mich geweiht dem hochedelsten Streben,
Der Menschen Dank war mein schönster Lohn,
Laut auf lacht die Menge mit frechem Hohn,
Sei still mein Herz, und denke nicht dran,
Das ist nun die Wahrheit, das Andre war Wahn.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Guarda silenci, cor meu", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wees stil, mijn hart", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , "Be still, my heart", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sois calme mon cœur", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Taci, cuore mio", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Aquiete-se, meu coração", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1. Be still, my heart
 I once harbored hope deep in my breast
 Which, trusting, unlocked to her;
 My eyes were radiant with joie de vivre
 While her magic encircled me.
 But when I harkened to her beguiling voice
 The echo died away in the storm.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.
 
 Earth lay before me in a spring dream
 Suffused with warmth and light,
 And drunk with joy I wafted through space,
 Blossoms burst forth from my breast;
 Love's springtime awakened in me.
 Now frost shudders through me; in my soul it is night.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.
 
 Out of sunshine and flowers I built myself
 A bridge through life
 Passing over which, laurel-crowned,
 I devoted myself to the noblest of strivings.
 Man's gratitude was my finest reward;
 The crowd laughs aloud now with impudent scorn.
 Be still, my heart, and give it no thought:
 This now is reality, the rest was delusion.

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2. Zwiegesang [sung text checked 1 time]
  Im Fliederbusch ein Vöglein saß
In der stillen, schönen Maiennacht,
Darunter ein Mägdlein im hohen Gras
In der stillen, schönen Maiennacht.
Sang Mägdlein, hielt das Vöglein Ruh',
Sang Vöglein, hört' das Mägdlein zu,
  Und weithin klang 
  Der Zwiegesang
Das mondbeglänzte Thal entlang.

  Was sang das Vöglein im Gezweig
Durch die stille, schöne Maiennacht?
Was sang doch wohl das Mägdlein [gleich]1
Durch die stille, schöne Maiennacht?
Von Frühlingssonne das Vögelein,
Von Liebeswonne das Mägdelein.
  Wie der Gesang 
  Zum Herzen [drang]2,
[Vergess']3 ich nimmer mein [Lebelang]4!

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Duet", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Duetto", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Canto a dois", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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First published in Deutscher Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1837, p. 217.

Confirmed with Robert Reinick, Lieder eines Malers mit Randzeichnungen seiner Freunde, neu herausgegeben von Adolf Bothe, München: Verlag Rösl u. Cie., 1919, page 4

1 omitted by Mangold
2 W. Berger and Mangold: "klang"
3 Dresel: "Vergeß'"
4 in Reinick's later versions (1838, 1844, etc.): "Leben lang" (used by W. Berger and Mangold)

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by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
2. Duet
In the lilac bush a little bird sat
In the quiet, lovely May night;
Below, a maiden [sat] in the high grass
In the quiet, lovely May night.
When the maiden sang, the little bird was quiet,
When the little bird sang, the maiden listened,
  And over a long distance rang out
  Their duet
Alongside the moon-bright valley.
 
What was the little bird singing in the branches
Through the quiet, lovely May night?
For that matter, what was the maiden singing
Through the quiet, lovely May night?
Of the spring's sun [sang] the little bird,
Of the splendor of love [sang] the maiden.
   How that song
   Exhilarated my heart,
I will never forget for the rest of my life.

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"Zwiegesang" = "Duet"



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3. Sehnsucht [sung text checked 1 time]
Ich blick' in mein Herz und ich blick' in die Welt,
Bis [vom Auge die brennende]1 Träne mir fällt,
Wohl leuchtet die Ferne mit goldenem Licht,
Doch hält mich der Nord, ich erreiche sie nicht.
O die Schranken so eng, und die Welt so weit,
Und so flüchtig die Zeit!

Ich weiß ein Land, wo aus sonnigem Grün,
Um versunkene Tempel die Trauben glühn,
Wo die purpurne Woge das Ufer beschäumt,
Und von kommenden Sängern der Lorbeer träumt.
Fern lockt es und winkt dem verlangenden Sinn,
Und ich kann nicht hin!

O hätt' ich Flügel, durch's Blau der Luft
Wie wollt' ich baden im Sonnenduft!
Doch umsonst! Und Stunde auf [Stund']2 entflieht --
Vertraure die Jugend, begrabe das Lied! --
O die Schranken so eng, und die Welt so weit,
Und so flüchtig die Zeit!

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Nostàlgia", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hunkering", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , "I look in my heart and I look at the world", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nostalgie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Nostalgia", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Saudade", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Schumann, Spohr: "von schwimmenden Auge die"
2 Schumann, Spohr: "Stunde"

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by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
3. I look in my heart and I look at the world
I look in my heart and I look at the world
Till out of my [burning]1 eyes a tear falls.
Though the distance glows with golden light,
The north wind tells me I shall not reach it.
Ah! How narrow our confines, how wide the world, 
And how fleeting is time!

I know a land where in sun-filled greenery
Grapes gleam among sunken temples,
Where the purple wave covers the shore with foam
And laurels dream of singers to come.
It lures from afar and beckons my longing soul,
And I cannot go there!

If I had wings to fly through the blue
How I would wish to bathe in sun's fragrance!
But in vain! Hour flees upon hour;
Pass your youth in mourning, bury your song.
Ah! How narrow our confines, how wide the world
And how fleeting is time!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2002 by Allen Shearer, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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1 Schumann and Spohr versions: "clouded"


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4. Wiegenlied [sung text checked 1 time]
Alles still in süßer Ruh,
Drum, mein Kind, so schlaf auch du!
Draußen säuselt nur der Wind:
Su, susu! schlaf ein, mein Kind!

[Schließ du]1 deine Äugelein,
Laß sie wie zwei Knospen sein!
Morgen, wenn die Sonn' erglüht,
Sind sie wie die Blum' erblüht.

Und die Blümlein schau' ich an,
Und die Äuglein küss' ich dann,
Und der Mutter Herz vergißt,
Daß es draußen Frühling ist.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de bressol", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ruth Rainero) , "All is still in sweet repose", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Berceuse", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ninnananna", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Canção de ninar", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with Kinderlieder von Hoffmann von Fallersleben. Erste vollständige Ausgabe besorgt durch Dr. Lionel von Donop, Zweite Auflage, Berlin, G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1878, pages 26-27.

Note: in many older editions, the spelling of the word "Äugelein" becomes "Aeugelein", but as can be seen in how "über" becomes "Ueber" when capitalized, this is due to the printing process and not to rules of orthography, so we use "Äugelein".

See also this text that makes use of the second and third stanzas.

1 Kücken: "Schließe"

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4. All is still in sweet repose
 All is still in sweet repose,
 Therefore, my child, you, too, must sleep.
 Outside is but the rustle of the wind,
 Sh, sh, sh, go to sleep, my child.
 
 Close your little eyes,
 Let them be two little buds.
 Tomorrow when the sun shines,
 They will blossom like flowers.
 
 And I gaze at the little flowers,
 And I kiss the little eyes,
 And a mother's heart forgets
 That it is spring outside.

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5. Das heimliche Lied [sung text checked 1 time]
Es gibt geheime Schmerzen, 
Sie klaget nie der Mund,
Getragen tief im Herzen
Sind sie der Welt nicht kund.
Es gibt ein heimlich Sehnen,
Das scheuet stets das Licht,
Es gibt verborgne Tränen,
Der Fremde sieht sie nicht.

Es gibt ein still Versinken
In eine innre Welt,
Wo Friedensauen winken,
Von Sternenglanz erhellt,
Wo auf gefallnen Schranken
Die Seele Himmel baut,
Und jubelnd den Gedanken
Den Lippen anvertraut.

Es gibt ein still Vergehen
In stummen, öden Schmerz,
Und Niemand darf es sehen,
Das schwergepreßte Herz.
Es sagt nicht was ihm fehlet,
Und wenn's im Grame bricht,
Verblutend und zerquälet,
Der Fremde sieht sie nicht.

Es gibt einen sanften Schlummer,
Wo süßer Frieden weilt,
Wo stille Ruh' den Kummer
Der müden Seele heilt.
Doch gibt's ein schöner Hoffen,
Das Welten überfliegt,
Da wo am Herzen offen
Das Herz voll Liebe liegt.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La cançó secreta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het geheime lied", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , "The secret song", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le chant secret", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il canto segreto", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "A canção secreta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Ernst Koch (1808 - 1858)
5. The secret song
There are secret pains
Whose lament is never tongued;
Borne deep in the heart
They are unknown to the world.
There is a secret longing
That always shies from the light;
There are hidden tears
A stranger does not see.
 
There is a quiet sinking
Into an inner world
Where peaceful meadows beckon,
Lit by the gleam of stars,
Where, all boundaries fallen,
The soul raises Heaven
And with jubilation
Confides its thoughts to the lips.
 
There is a quiet passing
Into silent, desolate pain,
And no one is allowed to see
That heavy-pressed heart.
It does not say what it needs,
And though it breaks with grief,
Tortured to death and bleeding,
The stranger does not see it.
 
There is a gentle slumber
Where sweet peace abides,
Where quiet rest heals the cares
Of the weary soul.
There is yet a lovely hoping
That soars above all worlds,
Where, open to another heart,
The heart lies filled with love.

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6. Wach auf! [sung text checked 1 time]
Was stehst du [bange]1
Und sinnest nach?
Ach! schon so lange
Ist Liebe wach.

Hörst du das Klingen 
Allüberall?
Die Vöglein singen
Mit süßem Schall.

Aus Starrem sprießet
Baumblättlein weich,
Das Leben fließet
Um Ast und Zweig.

Das Tröpflein schlüpfet
Aus Waldesschacht,
Das Bächlein hüpfet 
Mit Wallungsmacht.

Der Himmel neiget 
In's Wellenklar,
Die Bläue zeiget 
Sich wunderbar.

Ein heit'res [Schmiegen]2
Zu Form und Klang,
Ein ew'ges Fügen 
Im ew'gen Drang!

Was stehst du bange
Und sinnest nach?
Ach! schon so lange
Ist Liebe wach.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Desperta!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Word wakker!", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ruth Rainero) , "Awaken!", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Réveille-toi !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Svegliati!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Acorde!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Published in Morgenblatt für gebildete leser, July 1837
1 In many editions of the Spohr setting, the typo "lange" appears here but not in the final stanza. This is corrected in the Dohr edition. Folker Göthel writes about this mistake in Thematisch-Bibliographies Verzeichnis der Werke von Louis Spohr, Tutzing/Germany, 1981, p. 506 (with thanks to Michael Leinert for the information). It is not in the original poem.
2 Spohr: "Schwingen"

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by Rudolf Kulemann (1811 - 1899)
6. Awaken!
Why do you stand there 
brooding [with fear]1?
Ah, so long 
does love stay awake!

Do you hear the ringing 
all around?
The birds are singing 
with such sweet sounds.

Soft leaves are sprouting 
from the rigid branches,
Life is flowing 
through bough and twig.

Little drops are gliding 
from the forest hollows,
The brook leaps 
with abundant strength.

The heavens bow 
towards the clear waves,
The blueness 
is wondrously revealed,

A bright flourish 
of shape and sound,
An endless yielding 
to endless impulse.

Why do you stand there 
brooding [with fear]1?
Ah, so long 
does love stay awake!

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