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Gypsy Songs

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Original language: Zigeunerlieder

1. Ho there, Gypsy! Strike resoundingly each string! [
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Ho there, Gypsy! Strike resoundingly each string!
And the song of false and faithless maiden sing!
Let the strings all moan lamenting, sorrow weeping,
'Til the burning tears these cheeks so hot are steeping!


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2. High and towering river Rima [
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High and towering river Rima,
thou art so drear,
On thy shore I mourn 
aloud for thee, my dear!

Waves are fleeing, waves are streaming,
Rolling o'er the shore afar to me;
On the riverbank of Rima let me
weep for her eternally!


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3. Know ye, when my loved one is fairest of all this? [
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Know ye, when my loved one is fairest of all this?
If her sweet mouth rosy, jest and laugh and kiss.
Maiden heart, mine thou art. Tenderly I kiss thee.
Thee a loving heaven hath created just for me!

Know ye, when my lover dearest is to me?
When in his fond arms, he enfolds me lovingly.
Dear sweetheart, mine thou art. Tenderly I kiss thee.
Thee a loving heaven hath created just for me!


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4. Dear God, Thou know'st how oft I've rued this [
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Dear God, Thou know'st how oft I've rued this:
That I gave my lover once a little kiss.
Heart's command I kiss him, how dismiss?
And long as I live I'll think of that first kiss.

Dear God, Thou know'st how oft in still of night,
How in joy and pain on him my thoughts delight.
Love is sweet, though bitter oft to rue;
My poor heart is his and ever, ever true.


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5. Brown the lad, blue-eyed the lassie [
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Brown the lad, blue-eyed the lassie -
Led by him to dance is she.
Clashing spurs he strikes together:
Start the Czardas melody!

Kisses fondly his sweet dove, and
spins her, whirls her, shouts and springs!
Throws three shining silver gulden
On the cymbal so it rings!


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6. Rosebuds three, all on one tree, ye bloom so red [
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Rosebuds three, all on one tree, ye bloom so red,
That a lad a lassie woo, is not forbade!
O dear God, if that had been denied,
Then the whole wide lovely world long since had died.
Single life's a sin, beside!

Fairest village in Alfeld is Ketschemete,
There live many pretty lasses trim and neat!
Friends, go find ye there a little bride,
Sue then for her hand and build your house with pride.
Drain the glass with friendship plied!


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7. Art thou thinking often now, sweetheart, my love [
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Art thou thinking often now, sweetheart, my love,
What thou once with holy vow to me hast sworn?
Leave me not, deceive me not,
Thou know'st not how dear thou art to me;
Love'st thou me as I thee,
Then God's smile shall crown thee graciously.


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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Michael P. Rosewall <michael (DOT) rosewall (AT) snc (DOT) edu>, (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, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL http://www.lieder.net/

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Hark, the low wind laments sadly in the branches;
Sweet love, we must part: good night.
Oh, how happily I rested in your arms.
The hour of parting approaches, God protect you.

Dark is the night, no tiny star provides any light;
Sweet love, trust in God and do not weep;
If the loving God lead me back to you again,
We should remain united forever in the happiness of love.


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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Michael P. Rosewall <michael (DOT) rosewall (AT) snc (DOT) edu>, (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, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL http://www.lieder.net/

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Far and wide, there is no one that looks at me,
And if they hate me, what do I care?
Only my precious, destined to love me forever,
Shall kiss me, embrace and love me for eternity.

No star appears in the murky night;
No flower glows for me in fragrant splendor.
To me, your eyes are, flowers, starshine,
That sparkle for me so amiably, that bloom solely for me.


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11. Rosy evening clouds hang in the firmament [
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Rosy evening clouds hang in the firmament,
Longing-filled for thee, 
my love, my heart is rent;
Heaven glows with splendrous light
And I dream by day and night
But of thee, of the sweetheart dear to me.


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