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Einsamkeit

by Franz Schubert From Winterreise (1827) D911

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Einsamkeit
German source: Wilhelm Müller

Wie eine trübe Wolke 
Durch heitre Lüfte geht, 
Wenn in der Tanne Wipfel 
Ein mattes Lüftchen weht:

So zieh’ ich meine Strasse 
Dahin mit trägem Fuss, 
Durch helles, frohes Leben, 
Einsam und ohne Gruss.

Ach, dass die Luft so ruhig! 
Ach, dass die Welt so licht! 
Als noch die Stürme tobten, 
War ich so elend nicht.

Loneliness
English translation © Richard Wigmore

As a dark cloud
drifts through clear skies, 
when a faint breeze blows 
in the fir-tops;

Thus I go on my way 
with weary steps, through 
bright, joyful life,
alone, greeted by no one.

Alas, that the air is so calm! 
Alas, that the world is so bright! 
When storms were still raging
I was not so wretched.

Einsamkeit
German source: Wilhelm Müller

Loneliness
English source: Richard Wigmore

Wie eine trübe Wolke 
As a dark cloud
Durch heitre Lüfte geht, 
drifts through clear skies, 
Wenn in der Tanne Wipfel 
when a faint breeze blows 
Ein mattes Lüftchen weht:
in the fir-tops;

So zieh’ ich meine Strasse 
Thus I go on my way 
Dahin mit trägem Fuss, 
with weary steps, through 
Durch helles, frohes Leben, 
bright, joyful life,
Einsam und ohne Gruss.
alone, greeted by no one.

Ach, dass die Luft so ruhig! 
Alas, that the air is so calm! 
Ach, dass die Welt so licht! 
Alas, that the world is so bright! 
Als noch die Stürme tobten, 
When storms were still raging
War ich so elend nicht.
I was not so wretched.

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

Wilhelm Müller

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller was a German lyric poet. Wilhelm Müller was born on October 7, 1794 at Dessau, the son of a tailor. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native town and at the University of Berlin, where he devoted himself to…

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