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from Act I of the German opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Role: Count Octavian Rofrano, a young nobleman
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The boudoir of the Marschallin
Synopsis: After making love to the married Marschallin, Octavian speaks with her, saying that he feels a great attraction to her that is beyond words.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - G5not entered
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Sally Mouzon (added 1998-05-16)
Wie Du warst, Octavian's aria from Der Rosenkavalier

Wie Du warst!  Wie Du bist! 			How you have been!  How you are!
Das weiss niemand, das ahnt Keiner!		This no one knows, this no one suspects!

Engel!  Nein!  Selig bin ich,			Angel! No! Blessed am I
dass ich der Einziger bin, 			that am the only one 
der weiss, wie Du bist!				who knows how you are.
Keiner ahnt es!  Niemand weiss es!  		None suspects it!  No one knows it!  
Du, Du, Du!					You, you, you!

Was heisst das <>				What means this "you?"
Was <>				What "you and I?"
Hat denn das einen Sinn?			Do they have then a sense?
Das sind Worte, blosse Worte, nicht?		They are words, mere words, no?
Du sag! 					You know!  
Aber dennoch:  Es ist etwas in ihnen;		But nevertheless:  It is something in them;
ein Schwindeln, ein Ziehen, 			a dizziness, a pull, 
ein Sehnen und Drängen,				a craving and pressing,
ein Schmachten und Brennen:			a languishing and burning:
Wie jetzt meine Hand zu deiner Hand kommt,	How now my hand to your hand comes,
das Zudirwollen, das Dichumklammern,		this wanting for you, this clinging to you,
das bin ich, das will zu Dir;			this is I that wants you;
aber das Ich vergeht in dem Du...		But this I is lost in this you....
Ich bin Dein Bub				I am your boy
aber wenn mir dann Hören und Sehen vergeht	but when then my hearing and sight is lost
wo ist dann Dein Bub?				where is then your boy?

Translation by Sally Mouzon 
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