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Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten

by Johannes Brahms From Neue Liebeslieder (1874) Op. 65

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Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten
German source: Georg Friedrich Daumer

Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten ist so düster!
Armes Herz, dein Leiden ist so drückend!
Was dir einzig wert, es steht vor Augen;
ewig untersagt ist Huldvereinung.

Dark forest, your shadows are so sombre!
English translation © Richard Stokes

Dark forest, your shadows are so sombre!
Your suffering, poor heard, so oppressive!
The one thing you value stands before you,
But a happy union is forbidden forever!

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

Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten
German source: Georg Friedrich Daumer

Dark forest, your shadows are so sombre!
English source: Richard Stokes

Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten ist so düster!
Dark forest, your shadows are so sombre!
Armes Herz, dein Leiden ist so drückend!
Your suffering, poor heard, so oppressive!
Was dir einzig wert, es steht vor Augen;
The one thing you value stands before you,
ewig untersagt ist Huldvereinung.
But a happy union is forbidden forever!

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

Georg Friedrich Daumer

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.

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