by Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773 - 1853)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR
Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden,
Die durch meinen Busen ziehn?
Alle alten Wünsche scheiden,
Tausend neue Blumen blühn.

Durch die Dämmerung der Tränen
Seh' ich [ferne]1 Sonnen stehn, -
Welches Schmachten! welches Sehnen!
Wag' ich's? soll ich näher gehn?

Ach, und fällt die Träne nieder,
Ist es dunkel um mich her;
Dennoch kömmt kein Wunsch mir wieder,
[Zukunft]2 ist von Hoffnung leer.

So schlage denn, [strebendes]3 Herz,
So fließet denn, Tränen, [herab]4,
Ach, Lust ist nur tieferer Schmerz,
Leben ist [dunkeles]5 Grab, -

Ohne Verschulden
Soll [ich]6 erdulden?
Wie ist's, daß mir im Traum
Alle Gedanken
Auf und nieder schwanken!
Ich kenne mich noch kaum.

O, hört mich, ihr gütigen Sterne,
O höre mich, [grünende Flur]7,
[Du, Liebe, den heiligen]8 Schwur:
Bleib' ich ihr ferne,
Sterb' ich gerne.
Ach, nur [im Licht von]9 ihrem Blick
Wohnt Leben und Hoffnung und Glück!

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1 Weber: "neue" (new)
2 Weber: "Erde" (the earth)
3 Weber: "sterbendes" (dying)
4 Weber: "hinab" (out)
5 Brahms: "dunkles"
6 Weber: "ich's" (I)
7 Weber: "weite Nature" (wide Nature)
8 Weber: "Hört den ernsten" (Hear the serious)
9 omitted by Weber.
Textual variants provided by Peter W. Shea

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Are they sorrows or are they joys", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sono dolori, sono gioie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Word count: 142

Are they sorrows or are they joys
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Are they sorrows or are they joys
Which tug at my breast?
All the old desires leave;
A thousand new flowers bloom.

Through the dusk of tears
I see suns standing in the distance, -
What languishing, what longing! 
Do I dare? Shall I move closer?

Ah, and when my tears are falling,
It is dark around me;
Yet if my desires do not return,
The future is empty of hope.

So beat then, my ambitious heart,
So flow down then, my tears,
Ah, joy is only a deeper pain,
Life is a dark grave, -

Without guilt,
Should I then suffer?
How is it that in my dreams
All my thoughts
Tremble up and down?
I scarcely know myself any more.

O, hear me, kindly stars,
O hear me, green meadow,
And you, my love, hear my holy oath:
If I remain far from her,
I will die gladly.
Ah, only in the light of her gaze
Dwell life and hope and happiness!

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
Line count: 29
Word count: 164