Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
Wandering among the trees

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Wandering among the trees
Alone with my deep sorrow,
I was visited by those old dreams
Which in my heart would burrow.

Who was it taught you to sing that word,
You birds up there on high?
Hush, for should it reach my heart
The pain will multiply.

"A girl who used to walk here,
She sang it all the time.
It was from her we learnt it,
That golden word sublime.”

You should not have let me know that,
You wily, sly old bird.
You’re trying to steal my anguish,
But I take no one’s word.