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Augenlied

by Franz Schubert

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Augenlied
German source: Johann Mayrhofer

Süsse Augen, klare Bronnen! 
Meine Qual und Seligkeit
Ist fürwahr aus euch gewonnen, 
Und mein Dichten euch geweiht.

Wo ich weile,
Wie ich eile,
Liebend strahlet ihr mich an; 
Ihr erleuchtet,
Ihr befeuchtet,
Mir mit Tränen meine Bahn.

Treue Sterne, schwindet nimmer, 
Leitet mich zum Acheron!
Und mit eurem letzten Schimmer 
Sei mein Leben auch entflohen.

Song of the eyes
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Sweet eyes, limpid fountains, 
my torment and my bliss
truly arise from you,
and my songs I dedicate to you.

Where I linger,
when I hasten,
you smile upon me, radiant with love; 
you illuminate my path,
and moisten it
with your tears.

Faithful stars, never vanish; 
lead me to Acheron!
And with your last glimmer 
may my life, too, fade away.

Augenlied
German source: Johann Mayrhofer

Song of the eyes
English source: Richard Wigmore

Süsse Augen, klare Bronnen! 
Sweet eyes, limpid fountains, 
Meine Qual und Seligkeit
my torment and my bliss
Ist fürwahr aus euch gewonnen, 
truly arise from you,
Und mein Dichten euch geweiht.
and my songs I dedicate to you.

Wo ich weile,
Where I linger,
Wie ich eile,
when I hasten,
Liebend strahlet ihr mich an; 
you smile upon me, radiant with love; 
Ihr erleuchtet,
you illuminate my path,
Ihr befeuchtet,
and moisten it
Mir mit Tränen meine Bahn.
with your tears.

Treue Sterne, schwindet nimmer, 
Faithful stars, never vanish; 
Leitet mich zum Acheron!
lead me to Acheron!
Und mit eurem letzten Schimmer 
And with your last glimmer 
Sei mein Leben auch entflohen.
may my life, too, fade away.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Johann Mayrhofer

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer , was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert. Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began…

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