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Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt

Language: German

Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt,
Erstarrt in des Winters Eise;
Bisweilen in seiner Tiefe nur wallt
Und zittert und regt sich's leise.

Dann ist's, als ob ein mildes Tau'n
Die Decke des Frostes breche;
Durch grünende Wälder, blühende Au'n
Murmeln von neuem die Bäche.

Und Hörnerklang, von Blatt zu Blatt
[Im]1 Frühlingswinde getragen,
Dringt aus den Schluchten ans Ohr mir matt,
Wie ein Ruf aus seligen Tagen.

Doch das alternde Herz wird jung nicht mehr,
Das Echo sterbenden Schalles
Tönt ferner, immer ferner her,
Und wieder erstarrt liegt alles.



Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "Vom"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "My heart is dumb, my heart is cold", copyright ©
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Mon coeur est muet, mon coeur est froid", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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