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Im Herbste

by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel From Fünf Lieder Op. 10

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Im Herbste
German source: Emanuel Geibel

Auf des Gartens Mauerzinne
Bebt noch eine einz’ge Ranke:
Also bebt in meinem Sinne
Schmerzlich nur noch ein Gedanke.

Kaum vermag ich ihn zu fassen,
Aber dennoch von mir lassen
Will er, ach, zu keiner Frist;
Und so denk ich ihn, und trage
Alle Nächte, alle Tage
Mit mir fort die dumpfe Klage,
Daß du mir verloren bist.

In Autumn
translation © Richard Stokes

High on the garden wall
One last vine quivers:
Likewise in my mind quivers
One single painful thought.

I can hardly comprehend it,
Yet it will not leave me,
Alas, for a single moment;
And so I think it and carry it
Every day and every night
Around with me, this numb lament –
That you are lost to me.

Im Herbste
German source: Emanuel Geibel

In Autumn
source: Richard Stokes

Auf des Gartens Mauerzinne
High on the garden wall
Bebt noch eine einz’ge Ranke:
One last vine quivers:
Also bebt in meinem Sinne
Likewise in my mind quivers
Schmerzlich nur noch ein Gedanke.
One single painful thought.

Kaum vermag ich ihn zu fassen,
I can hardly comprehend it,
Aber dennoch von mir lassen
Yet it will not leave me,
Will er, ach, zu keiner Frist;
Alas, for a single moment;
Und so denk ich ihn, und trage
And so I think it and carry it
Alle Nächte, alle Tage
Every day and every night
Mit mir fort die dumpfe Klage,
Around with me, this numb lament –
Daß du mir verloren bist.
That you are lost to me.

Composer

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

Fanny Hensel, née Mendelssohn (1805-47), was an exceptionally gifted musician whose potential was stifled by the gendered social conventions of her upper-middle-class background in mid-19th-century Berlin. She came from a wealthy and cultivated…

Poet

Emanuel Geibel

Emanuel von Geibel , German poet and playwright. He was born at Lübeck, the son of a pastor. He was originally intended for his father's profession and studied at Bonn and Berlin, but his real interests lay not in theology but in classical and…

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