Translation by Karl Julius Körner (1793 - 1873)

My soul is dark ‑ Oh! quickly string
Language: English 
My soul is dark - Oh! quickly string
  The harp I yet can brook to hear;
And let thy gentle fingers fling
  Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear. --
If in this heart a hope be dear,
  That sound shall charm it forth again --
If in these eyes there lurk a tear, 
  'Twill flow -- and cease to burn my brain --

But bid the strain be wild and deep,
  Nor let thy notes of joy be first:
I tell thee -- Minstrel! I must weep,
  Or else this heavy heart will burst --
For it hath been by sorrow nurst,
  And ached in sleepless silence [long]1 --
And now 'tis doom'd to know the worst,
  And break at once -- or yield to song.

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Mein Herz ist schwer! auf! Von der Wand
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Mein Herz ist schwer! auf! Von der Wand 
  Die Laute, [sie]1 mag ich noch hören;
Entlocke mit geschickter Hand
  Ihr Töne, die [den Schmerz]2 bethören!
Kann noch mein Herz ein Hoffen nähren,
  Es [zaubern’s]3 diese Töne her,
Und birgt mein trocknes Auge Zähren,
  Sie fließen, und mich brennt's nicht mehr!

Nur tief sey, wild der Töne Fluß,
  Und von der Freude weggekehret!
Ja, Sänger, daß ich weinen muß,
  Sonst wird das schwere Herz verzehret!
Denn sieh! vom Kummer ward's genähret;
  Mit stummem Wachen trug es lang;
[Jetzt ward's]4 vom Aeussersten belehret --
  Da [bricht's, wo nicht, heilt's im Gesang!]5

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Confirmed with Julius Körner (translator), Lord Byron’s Poesien, Erstes Bändchen, Zwickau: im Verlage der Gebrüder Schumann, 1821, page 15

1 Schumann: "nur sie allein"
2 Schumann: "das Herz"
3 Schumann: "zaubern"
4 Schumann: "Und jetzt"
5 Schumann: "brech' es oder heil' im Sang"

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

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "De les melodies hebrees", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Mijn hart is zwaar", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Mon cœur est sombre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "E' pesante il mio cuore", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-07-29 17:21:50
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Word count: 98