by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick,
Todtes Leben, Lust [voll]1 Plage,
Glück erfüllt von Mißgeschick,
Trübes Lachen, frohe Klage,
Süße Galle, holde Pein,
Fried' und Krieg in einem Herzen,
Das kannst, Liebe, du nur sein,
Mit der Lust erkauft durch Schmerzen.2

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1 Schumann: "und"; but "voll" when repeated later (see footnote 2).
2 Schumann adds the following (repetitions of text from above):
Liebe, das kannst du nur sein!
Liebe, das kannst du nur sein,
dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick,
totes Leben, Lust voll Plage,
das kannst, Liebe, du nur sein!

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Quartet", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kwartet 'Donk're lichtglans'", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Quartet", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sombre éclat lumineux, regard aveugle", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

Sombre éclat lumineux, regard aveugle
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sombre éclat lumineux, regard aveugle,
Vie morte, plaisir et peine,
Bonheur empli de malheurs,
Rire triste, plainte gaie,
Douce amertume, gracieux tourments,
Guerre et paix du coeur,
Amour, ce ne peut être que toi,
Le plaisir acheté au prix de la douleur.1

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2008 by Pierre Mathé, (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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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-02
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Word count: 42