Vision (Tarnowski)

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Vision  (2017)  by Władysław Tarnowski, translated by Marcin Tarnowski
(to music)

Published in Pieśni niemieckie Władysława Tarnowskiego (2017). A scan of the original poem's manuscript can be viewed here. Władysław Tarnowski used this poem (translated into German) as the basis for the song "Ich sank verweint in sanften Schlummer", which is the fifth song in the collection "Cypressen" dedicated to Pauline Viardot-Garcia, and published in Vienna by A. Bösendorfer, (edition without date), in bibliographies under year 1870. The translation was published in 2017 by Marcin Tarnowski in: Pieśni niemieckie Władysława Tarnowskiego, pp. 38-39."

I cried by night – I fell asleep morning
I saw her pale sorrowful face,
She stood altered in monastic dress [1]
In myrtle's grove, with lyre she cried . . . .
I stooped and I kissed her tears
Which glittered as on cheek of white lily's,
But from my eyes flowed down new tears
And my tears hung on her face . . . .
So again I saw her cheek in tears
And saying don’t cry … with heart I laughed!..
At the time I wake up …
The nightmare disappeared !..
She disappeared.........

1869. Weimar.

  1. In original verse „w stroju zakonnym” – in monastic dress, not „w zakonnym habicie” – in monastic frock. (Wikisource contributor note)

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