Haydn – She never told her love

Song Information

Title: She never told her love (Stets barg die Liebe sie)

Music: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Text: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

German Translator: Unknown (Note that Haydn set this song in English, not German)

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Song Text

She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm in the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek…;
She sat, like Patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief.

German text:

Stets barg di Liebe sie,
doch dieses Bergen,
wie in Knospen ein Wurm,
zehrt’ ihre Wange ab.
Sie glich der Duldung auf dem Grabmal,
lächelnd traur’gen Blick’s.