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Ihr Bild

by Franz Schubert From Schwanengesang (1828) D957

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Ihr Bild
German source: Heinrich Heine

Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen,
Und starrt’ ihr Bildnis an,
Und das geliebte Antlitz
Heimlich zu leben begann.

Um ihre Lippen zog sich
Ein Lächeln wunderbar,
Und wie von Wehmutstränen
Erglänzte ihr Augenpaar.

Auch meine Tränen flossen
Mir von den Wangen herab –
Und ach, ich kann es nicht glauben,
Dass ich dich verloren hab’!

Her portrait
English translation © Richard Wigmore

I stood in dark dreams,
gazing at her picture,
and that beloved face
began mysteriously to come alive.

Around her lips played
a wondrous smile,
and her eyes glistened,
as though with melancholy tears.

My tears, too, flowed
down my cheeks.
And oh – I cannot believe
that I have lost you!

Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Ihr Bild
German source: Heinrich Heine

Her portrait
English source: Richard Wigmore

Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen,
I stood in dark dreams,
Und starrt’ ihr Bildnis an,
gazing at her picture,
Und das geliebte Antlitz
and that beloved face
Heimlich zu leben begann.
began mysteriously to come alive.

Um ihre Lippen zog sich
Around her lips played
Ein Lächeln wunderbar,
a wondrous smile,
Und wie von Wehmutstränen
and her eyes glistened,
Erglänzte ihr Augenpaar.
as though with melancholy tears.

Auch meine Tränen flossen
My tears, too, flowed
Mir von den Wangen herab –
down my cheeks.
Und ach, ich kann es nicht glauben,
And oh – I cannot believe
Dass ich dich verloren hab’!
that I have lost you!

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

Heinrich Heine

Heine was born of Jewish parents. Much of his early life was influenced by the financial power of his uncle Salomon Heine, a millionaire Hamburg banker, with whom he remained on an awkward footing for many years. After he had been educated in the…

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