Mignon I: Heiss mich nicht reden
"Bid me not speak, bid me be silent, for secrecy is my duty. I should willingly show you all my inmost heart, but fate has willed it otherwise.
In due time the sun's course dispels the dark night, and it must grow bright;
the hard rocks opens its bosom, and does not grudge the earth the deep-hidden springs.
Everyone seeks peace in the arms of a friend, there the breast can pour out its laments; but my lips are closed by a vow, and only a god can release them."