Mond, so gehst du wieder auf

by Erich Korngold From Lieder des Abschieds (1920) Op. 14 1920-21

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Moon, thus you rise once more
English translation © Richard Stokes

Moon, thus you rise once more
Over the dark valley of unwept tears!
Teach, teach me not to yearn for her,
To make my blood run pale,
Not to suffer this sorrow,
Caused when two souls part.

See, you shroud yourself in mist.
Yet you cannot darken the bright images
That the night arouses in me with wilder and fiercer pain.
Ah! I feel in the depths of my being:
The heart that has suffered separation
Will burn eternally.

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Erich Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian-born composer and conductor, and a notable figure in the history of Hollywood as a composer for films. Read more here.

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