Karen’s Story: ‘Liebst du um Schönheit’ Saturday, 13 March 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: Friedrich Rückert
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has supported Carry a Poem 2010 by asking artists featured in February concerts to tell us about their favourite poems. These were published in 3,120 concert programmes during the month.
Mezzo soprano Karen Cargill
I carry this poem around in many forms, in my head, on my ipod and in my bag as it’s a poem that was set by Gustav Mahler as gift for his wife Alma, and is a lied that I sing a lot.
The text is incredibly beautiful, the way the German sounds and feels when it’s spoken, Rückert’s choice of images that are offered in place of a seeming insecurity in one’s self.
In today’s hectic, competitive and materialistic world, I think this poem has much resonance. Being in love, giving yourself completely to someone else, to me there is nothing more beautiful.
The last stanza is a sigh of relief and a heartbreak all in one go – “Love me ever, I will love you evermore”
Liebst du um Schönheit
|Liebst du um Schönheit, o nicht mich liebe!
Liebst die Sonne, sie trägt ein goldnes Haar!
Liebst du um Jugend, o nicht mich liebe!
Liebe den Frühling, der jung ist jedes Jahr!
|If you love for beauty, oh, do not love me!
Love the sun, she has golden hair!
If you love for youth, oh, do not love me!
Love the spring; it is young every year!
|Liebst du um Schätze, o nicht mich liebe!
Liebe die Meerfrau, sie hat viel Perlen klar!
Liebst du um Liebe, o ja, mich liebe!
Liebe mich immer, dich lieb’ ich immerdar.
|If you love for treasure, oh, do not love me!
Love the mermaid; she has many clear pearls!
If you love for love, oh yes, do love me!
Love me ever, I will love you evermore!
by Friedrich Rückert