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Louis Sphohr - Six German Songs - 3) Sehnsucht

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Published on May 11, 2009

Song number three of six from Ludwig Spohr's Sechs Deutsche Lieder, "Longing," performed by Anaphora members Guinevere Tiffin, soprano; Cory Tiffin, clarinet; Matthew Ganong, piano. This piece was presented as part of an Anaphora concert at the Liz Stein Company, 410 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL on April 16, 2009.

Translation:
I look in my heart and I look in the world,
from my swimming eyes the tears fall;
the horizon is lit,
with golden light,
but called to heights, I can never reach,
the boundaries are so narrow and the world is so wide,
and the time is so fleeting.

I know of a land where it is sunny and green,
around the sunken temple the grapes glow,
where the puprle Wave sprays on the shoreline
and young poets contend for the crowning of laurels!
It beckons the senses,
and it tempts to despair,
I can never be there.

Oh, had I wings to fly through the air,
how I would bathe in sunlight!
It would be in vain! Hour after hour would fly by
wasted youth, burying my song!
The boundaries are so narrow and the world is so wide,
and the time is so fleeting.

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