by August Kopisch (1799 - 1853)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Die Spröde
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Calabrian 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Ich sahe eine Tig'rin
Im dunkeln Haine,
Und doch mit meinen Tränen
Konnt' ich sie zähmen.

Sah auch die harten Steine,
Ja Marmelsteine,
Erweicht vom Fall der Tropfen
Gestalt annehmen.

Und du, so eine zarte,
Holdsel'ge Kleine,
Du lachst zu meinem Seufzen
Und bittern Grämen.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The aloof woman", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La femme dure", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De harde", copyright © 2014, (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: 2014-06-25 00:22:39
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The aloof woman
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I saw a tigress
In the dark grove,
And yet with my tears
I could tame her.

I also saw that hard stones,
Even marble,
Softened by the fall of drops,
Assume new shapes.

Yet you, such a delicate,
lovely little girl,
You laugh at my sighs
And bitter suffering.

Authorship

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

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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    from the LiederNet Archive -- https://www.lieder.net/

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37
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Word count: 50