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Malven (1948) TrV297


Aus Rosen, Phlox,
ragen im Garten
Malven empor,
duftlos und ohne
des Purpurs Glut,
wie ein verweintes,
blasses Gesicht
unter dem gold’nen
himmlischen Licht.
Und dann verwehen
Leise, leise im Wind,
zärtliche Blüten,
Sommersgesind …


From among roses, phlox,
flowering zinnia,
hollyhocks soar
up in the garden,
without scent
or crimson fire,
like a tear-stained,
pallid face
beneath the golden
light of heaven.
And then they drift away
gently, gently on the wind,
these tender blooms,
these servants of summer …
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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