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Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt

Language: German

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Weiß, was ich leide!
Allein und abgetrennt
Von aller Freude,
Seh ich [ans]1 Firmament
Nach [jener]2 Seite.

Ach! der mich liebt und kennt,
Ist in der Weite.
Es schwindelt mir, es brennt
Mein Eingeweide.
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Weiß, was ich leide!



Translation(s): ITA FRE ENG RUS POR DUT ITA SPA ENG TUR

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1 Schubert: "am"
2 Lang: "jeder"

Submitted by Lawrence Snyder

Authorship

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

Set in Russian, a translation by Lev Aleksandrovich Mey (1822 - 1862) , title unknown DUT TUR ENG POR ITA FRE SPA
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ITA Italian (Paolo Montanari) , "Solo chi conosce la nostalgia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de Mignon", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , "Only one who knows longing", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * POR Portuguese (Ana Vargas) , "Somente quem conhece a saudade", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Slechts wie de hunk'ring kent", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Solo chi conosce la nostalgia", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (Mercedes Vivas) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "Only my yearning shows", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * TUR Turkish (Gül Sabar) , "Mignon’un Şarkısı", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13.

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Only one who knows longing

Language: English

 Only one who knows longing
 Knows what I suffer!
 Alone and cut off
 From all joy,
 I look into the firmament
 In that direction.

 Ach! he who loves and knows me
 Is far away.
 I am reeling,
 My entrails are burning.
 Only one who knows longing
 Knows what I suffer!



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    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Lawrence Snyder, ldsnyder (AT) dcn (DOT) davis (DOT) ca (DOT) us, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit.

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Text added to the website: 2003-10-13.