Since I first saw him, I think myself blind
I look around me, and it's only him I see
His image floats before me,
So gentle and so kind, he has got a clear mind and firm courage
o ring upon my finger, little golden ring
devoutly I press you to my lips and to my heart
sisters come adorn me, banish foolish fear
twine upon my furrowed brow
the blossoming myrtle
I serve him and live for him
Belong wholly to him
Give myself and find myself transfigured by his brightness
Ring upon my finger, little golden ring
Devoutly I press you to my lips and to my heart
The blissful dream of childhood has ended
Now I drink delicious death with you my love
Now you have me caused me my first pain … that really hurt.
You sleep, you hard cruel man, the sleep of death
The veil falls, the bell tolls, the black shawls, the carriage rolls
You, my whole world.

Lyrics submitted by JoKeR4MeNToR

A Woman's Life and Love song meanings
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    General CommentI know this song is a translation of verses from Chamisso's "Seit ich ihn gesehen" and "Du Ring an meinem Finger" from the set "Frauenliebe und -leben" (the title of Andrew Bird's song) which was set to music by Schumann, but I'm not sure what other poems are in here... I'd guess they're from the same cycle, but those were the only two I recognized. Anyone else know which other ones he used?
    MalyshRazzleson August 21, 2010   Link
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    TranslationMy mistake, this song is actually a summary of Chamisso's Frauenliebe und -leben, excluding the poems about motherhood.
    It includes translated lines or themes from:
    1. Seit ich ihn gesehen
    2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
    4. Du Ring an meinem Finger
    5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
    8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan

    K, I should have been able to figure that out much sooner :P
    MalyshRazzleson October 17, 2010   Link

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