by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800 - 1875)
Translation © by Kyle Gee

Die Schnur, die Perl' an Perle
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Die Schnur, die Perl' an Perle
Um deinen Hals gereihte,
Wie wiegt sie sich so fröhlich
Auf deiner schönen Brust!
Mit Seel' und Sinn begabet,
Mit Seligkeit berauschet
Sie, diese Götterlust.

Was müssen wir erst fühlen,
In welchen Herzen schlagen,
So heiße Menschenherzen,
Wofern es uns gestattet,
Uns traulich anzuschmiegen
An eine solche Brust?

Authorship

Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Die Schnur, die Perl' an Perle", op. 57 (Acht Lieder und Gesänge) no. 7 (<<1871), published 1872 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Rieter-Biedermann [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The string, on which pearl after pearl", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le collier, perle après perle", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , title 1: "The necklace, the row of pearl after pearl", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Het snoer met enkel parels", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:25
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The necklace, the row of pearl after pearl
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The necklace, the row of pearl after pearl
that is strung across your collar, 
how pleasantly it sways
on your gorgeous breast! 
It is endowed with soul and feeling, 
intoxicated with bliss
from this divine pleasure.

What must our own emotions be then, 
we, in whom hearts beat, 
such passionate human hearts, 
if we are allowed
to intimately nestle 
against such a breast?

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Kyle Gee, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2014-01-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:27
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Word count: 63