Die Entführung aus dem Serail (K. 384; in English The Abduction from the Seraglio; also known as Il Seraglio) is an opera Singspiel in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German libretto is by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner with adaptations by Gottlieb Stephanie. The plot concerns the attempt of the hero Belmonte, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the seraglio of the Pasha Selim.
Ach ich liebte,
Ah, I was in love,
war so glücklich,
was so happy,
Kannte nicht der Liebe Schmerz;
I knew nothing of love's pain.
Schwur ihm Treue, dem Geliebten,
Promised to be true to my beloved,
Gab dahin mein ganzes Herz.
and gave my whole heart.
Doch wie schnell scwand meine Freude,
But how quickly my joy deserted me,
Trennung war mein banges Los;
separation was my unhappy lot;
Und nun schwimmt mein Aug' in Tränen,
and now my eyes are overflow with tears,
Kummer ruht in meinem Schoss.
sorrow dwells in my breast.