neue Liebe, neues Leben…

göethe

o poeta alemão johann wolfgang von göethe nasceu na cidade de frankfurt am main, em 1749. a sua extensa obra que abrange novelas, peças de teatro, filosofia, pintura e ciências o tornou referência na literatura alemã. uma de suas obras mais conhecidas é, sem dúvida, fausto, uma tragédia em que uma aposta entre deus e o diabo transforma a vida de um cidadão comum. seus poemas são, também, sonoros e cadenciados, como esse abaixo (a tradução para o inglês vai a seguir):

neue Liebe, neues Leben

Herz, mein Herz, was soll das geben?
Was bedränget dich so sehr?
Welch ein fremdes, neues Leben!
Ich erkenne dich nicht mehr.
Weg ist alles, was du liebtest,
weg, warum du dich betrübtest,
weg dein Fleiß und deine Ruh —
ach, wie kamst du nur dazu!

Fesselt dich die Jugendblüte,
diese liebliche Gestalt,
dieser Blick voll Treu und Güte
mit unendlicher Gewalt?
Will ich rasch mich ihr entziehen,
mich ermannen, ihr entfliehen,
führet mich im Augenblick,
ach, mein Weg zu ihr zurück.

Und an diesem Zauberfädchen,
das sich nicht zerreißen läßt,
hält das liebe, lose Mädchen
mich so wider Willen fest:
muß in ihrem Zauberkreise
leben nun auf ihre Weise.
Die Verändrung, ach, wie groß!
Liebe ! Liebe ! laß mich los!

(Johann Wolfgang von Göethe)

[new Love, new Life
Heart, my heart, what can it mean?
What could trouble you so?
What a strange new life, it seems!
You, I no longer know.
Everything you loved is done,
Everything that grieved you,
All your work and peace is gone –
How could this overtake you!

Are you caught by lovely youth
By that beloved form,
By those eyes so good and true,
By that all-powerful force?
When I try to run away,
Collect myself and flee,
In a moment my path strays
Back to her you see.

By that magic thread, so
That cannot be untied,
The dear wanton girl, oh
She holds me fast: and I
Must lie within her magic spell
And live where she may go.
How great the change, I tell!
Love! Love! Let me go!
]

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