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Geheimnis

by Johannes Brahms

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Geheimnis
German source: Karl August Candidus

O Frühlingsabenddämmerung!
O laues, lindes Weh’n,
Ihr Blütenbäume, sprecht, was tut
Ihr so zusammensteh’n?

Vertraut ihr das Geheimnis euch
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?
Was flüstert ihr ein ander zu
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?

The secret
English translation © Richard Stokes

O spring evening twilight!
O mild gentle breeze!
You blossoming trees, say,
Why do you stand so close together?

Do you confide to each other
The secret of our sweet love?
What do you whisper to each other
About our sweet love.

Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Geheimnis
German source: Karl August Candidus

The secret
English source: Richard Stokes

O Frühlingsabenddämmerung!
O spring evening twilight!
O laues, lindes Weh’n,
O mild gentle breeze!
Ihr Blütenbäume, sprecht, was tut
You blossoming trees, say,
Ihr so zusammensteh’n?
Why do you stand so close together?

Vertraut ihr das Geheimnis euch
Do you confide to each other
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?
The secret of our sweet love?
Was flüstert ihr ein ander zu
What do you whisper to each other
Von uns’rer Liebe süss?
About our sweet love.

Composer

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna.  Brahms has been considered, by his…

Poet

Karl August Candidus

Karl August Candidus was a 19th century German poet and librettist.

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