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She Was Here (2008): Texts
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Wandrers Nachtlied (Wayfarer's Night Song)

Upon all the peaks there is peace; you scarcely feel a breath stirring in the tree-tops; the little birds are silent in the forest. Wait! Soon you too will be at peace

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt (Only He Who Knows What Longing Is)

Only he who knows what longing is knows what I suffer. Alone, cut off from every joy, I search the sky in that direction. Ah, he who loves and knows me is far away.

My head swims, my vitals burn. Only he who knows what longing is knows what I suffer.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Dass Sie Hier Gewesen (That She Was Here)

The east wind blows gently, scenting the air; and so it tells me that you have been here.

Because the tears fall here you will know, even if you were not told, that I was here.

Beauty or love - can either remain concealed? The scented breezes, and the tears, reveal that she has been here.

Friedrich Rückert


Nacht und Träume (Night and Dreams)

You sink down, holy noght, and dreams too float down, like moonlight through space, into the silent hearts of men.

With delight they listen, crying out when day wakes: Come back, holy night!

Sweet dreams, come back, come back again!

Matthäus von Collin


Translations by John Reed