einen linden Duft
I breathed a gentle scent.
A linden branch stood in the room, a token of love from a dear
How lovely is the scent of the sprig you gathered so carefully.
Gently I breathe the linden scent, Love's delicate fragrance.
du um Schönheit
If you love for beauty, do not love me!
Love the sun with its golden hair!
If you love for youth, do not love me!
Love spring - spring is new every year!
If you love for riches, do not love me!
Love the mermaid, she has many luminous pearls.
If you love for loves sake, then love me!
Love me forever, I love you always, forever!
mir nicht in die Lieder
Do not look at my songs! Even I dare not watch them grow.
Do not look at my songs, your curiosity is a betrayal!
Bees building their cells don't allow observers either,
they don't even watch each other.
When they bring the rich honeycombs into the daylight,
Then be the first to take your fill.
der welt abhanden gekommen
I have become lost to the world, where I used to waste so much
It has been so long since it heard from me, that it may well think
that I have died!
I don't care if it thinks me dead, for I really have died to the
I have died to all the world's turmoil, and I rest in a silent
I live in solitude in my heaven, In my love, in my song.
At midnight, sleepless, I looked to the sky.
None of the host of stars smiled at me at midnight.
At midnight I sent my thoughts into the
No hopeful thought came to console me at midnight.
At midnight I contemplated the beating of
It burned with a constant pulse of sorrow, at midnight.
At midnight, I struggled with all man's
I was helpless against it, at midnight.
At midnight, I put it all into Your hands.
Lord! Lord over life and death,
You dear Lord are on guard,
You stand watch, at midnight!