by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Heinrich Julius Heintze (1811 - 1860)

The Tear‑Drop
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Wae is my heart, and the tear's in my e'e;
Lang, lang has Joy been a stranger to me:
Forsaken and friendless, my burden I bear,
And the sweet voice o' Pity ne'er sounds in my ear.

Love thou hast pleasures, and deep hae I luv'd;
Love, thou hast sorrows, and sair hae I pruv'd;
But this bruised heart that now bleeds in my breast,
I can feel, by its throbbings, will soon be at rest.

Oh, if I were - where happy I hae been -
Down by yon stream, and yon bonnie castle-green;
For there he is wand'ring and musing on me,
Wha wad soon dry the tear-drop that clings to my e'e.

Note: Beethoven uses the second verse of this text between two verses by Anne Grant in the song "In vain to this desert my fate I deplore".

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-23
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O schwer ist mein Herz und im Auge die...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
O schwer ist mein Herz und im Auge die Trän';
lang' hab' [ich keine Freud']1 mehr geseh'n.
Verlassen, allein, seit mein Lieb ich verlor,
klingt nimmer des Mitleids Stimm' in mein Ohr.

O Lieb', du hast Freuden - wie hab' ich geliebt!
O Lieb', du hast Schmerzen - die schwer mich betrübt!
Doch dies wunde Herz, es verblutet nun wohl,
ich fühl's, dass bald es nicht schlagen mehr soll!

O wär' ich noch glücklich, wo sonst ich beglückt,
am Strom, wo manch Blümchen die Schlossau schmückt!
Dort wandelt und denket nun meiner der Mann,
der die Tränen im Auge mir trocknen nur kann!

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1 Hiller: "kein Freud' ich"

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This text was added to the website: 2020-06-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 103