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Mein wundes Herz verlangt

by Johannes Brahms

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Text & Translation

Mein wundes Herz verlangt
German source: Klaus Groth

Mein wundes Herz verlangt nach milder Ruh,
O hauche sie ihm ein!
Es fliegt dir weinend, bange schlagend zu—
O hülle du es ein!

Wie wenn ein Strahl durch schwere Wolken bricht,
So winkest du ihm zu:
O lächle fort mit deinem milden Licht!
Mein Pol, mein Stern bist du!

My wounded heart craves
English translation © Richard Stokes

My wounded heart craves gentle peace,
Oh! breathe such peace into it!
It flies to you, weeping and beating anxiously—
Oh! enfold it in your arms!

As when a sunbeam pierces heavy cloud,
So you beckon to my heart:
Oh! let your gentle light shine on!
You are my pole, you are my star!

Richard Stokes © 2011

Mein wundes Herz verlangt
German source: Klaus Groth

My wounded heart craves
English source: Richard Stokes

Mein wundes Herz verlangt nach milder Ruh,
My wounded heart craves gentle peace,
O hauche sie ihm ein!
Oh! breathe such peace into it!
Es fliegt dir weinend, bange schlagend zu—
It flies to you, weeping and beating anxiously—
O hülle du es ein!
Oh! enfold it in your arms!

Wie wenn ein Strahl durch schwere Wolken bricht,
As when a sunbeam pierces heavy cloud,
So winkest du ihm zu:
So you beckon to my heart:
O lächle fort mit deinem milden Licht!
Oh! let your gentle light shine on!
Mein Pol, mein Stern bist du!
You are my pole, you are my star!

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…

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