Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
Now, you've hurt me for the first time

Frauenliebe und -leben Love in a Woman's Life


Now, you’ve hurt me
for the first time in my life
And made me catch my breath!
You sleep, with no consideration
for your wife;
It is the sleep of death.

She, whom you have abandoned
Looks on a world that is bare.
I have loved and I have lived;
That world’s no longer there.

So I withdraw into myself,
Quietly draw down the veil;
There I will find the joy I’ve lost,
You, my whole world, without fail.