Sehnsucht
Yearning

Goethe

Whats tugging my heart so?
What drags me away,
Wrenching, driving me
From my home in dismay?
See, beyond the crags
Where the cloud-forms change,
Thats where Im drawn to,
Over that range.

Now ravens pass
In companiable flight
And I fly with them
For a day and a night.
Over mountains and ruins
We fly all around,
Shes waiting below;
Ive my eye on the ground.

There she comes walking,
I swiftly fly down,
Now as a song bird
I perch on a bough.
She stops and she listens,
Smiles (such a pleasure to see),
"Hes singing so sweetly,
Hes singing for me.

And now the setting sun
Turns the hills to gold;
My love pays no heed.
With thoughts untold
She follows the stream
Over the field
As the path winds away
From the last light of day.

Suddenly I appear
As a glittering star;
"Whats that shining up there,
So near yet so far?
And as in wonder
You catch sight of its gleam,
Ill be there at your feet
My perfect dream.