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Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss


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Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss

Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss,
Leider, ach leider!
Und manche Trän’ fiel in Grabes Schoss,
Ihr müsst singen: ’Nunter! Und ruft ihr ihn ’nunter.
Denn traut lieb Fränzel ist all meine Lust. —

They bore him bare-faced on the bier

They bore him bare-faced on the bier,
Alas, ah alas!
And many a tear fell into his grave,
A-down, a-down, you must call him a-down.
For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

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August Wilhelm (after 1812: von) Schlegel, usually cited as August Schlegel, was a German poet, translator, critic, and a foremost leader of Jena Romanticism along with his brother Friedrich Schlegel. His translations of Shakespeare made the English dramatist's works into German classics. Schlegel was also the first professor in Sanskrit on the continent and produced a translation of the Bhagavad Gita.

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