by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)
Translation Singable translation by Ed. Sachs

Hapless doom of woman
Language: English 
Hapless doom of woman 
  happy in betrothing,
Beauty passes like a breath
  and love is lost in loathing;
    Low! my lute: 
        Speak low, but say the world is nothing.
    Low! lute, low!

Love will hover round the flowers
  when they first awaken;
Love will fly the fallen leaf,
  and not be overtaken;
    Low, my lute! 
        O low, my lute! we fade and are forsaken.
    Low, dear lute, low!

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Maria Stuart's Lied zur Laute
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Glücklos Schicksal des Weibes,
        Glücklich nur im Wähnen,
Schönheit schwindet wie ein Hauch
        Und Lieb' vergeht in Tränen :
    Leis', mein Spiel !
Tön' leis, o leis, mein Spiel, doch sag der Welt mein Sehnen.
    Sanft! Laute, sanft !

Liebe schützt die zarten Keime,
        Wenn sie Wurzel fassen ;
Liebe flieht die welken Blüten,
        Wenn Farb' und Leben blassen ;
    Leis', mein Spiel !
Tön' leis, o leis, mein Spiel! Verwelkt sind wir verlassen.
    Sanft, o Laute, sanft !

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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)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-08-28
Line count: 14
Word count: 79