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Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben (1890) no.34


Part of a series or song cycle:

Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder


Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben

Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben,
Leise komm zu mir gegangen,
Dass die Lust, dich zu umfangen,
Nicht zurück mich ruf’ ins Leben.
Komm, so wie der Blitz uns rühret,
Den der Donner nicht verkündet,
Bis er plötzlich sich entzündet
Und den Schlag gedoppelt führet.
Also seist du mir gegeben,
Plötzlich stillend mein Verlangen,
Dass die Lust, dich zu umfangen,
Nicht zurück mich ruf’ ins Leben.

Come, O Death, shrouded in night

Come, O Death, shrouded in night,
Come quietly to me,
So that my joy in embracing you
Does not recall me to life.
 
Come, as the lightning strikes
Unheralded by thunder,
Until it suddenly flashes,
Striking a double blow.
Thus may you be granted me,
Suddenly stilling my longing,
So that my joy in embracing you
Does not recall me to life.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Poet

Emanuel von Geibel , German poet and playwright.
He was born at Lübeck, the son of a pastor. He was originally intended for his father's profession and studied at Bonn and Berlin, but his real interests lay not in theology but in classical and romance philology. In 1838 he accepted a tutorship at Athens, where he remained until 1840. In the same year he published, in conjunction with his friend Ernst Curtius, a volume of translations from Greek. His first poems were published in a volume entitled Zeitstimmen in 1841. In 1842 he entered the service of Frederick William IV, the king of Prussia, with an annual stipend of 300 thalers; under whom he produced König Roderich (1843), a tragedy, König Sigurds Brautfahrt (1846), an epic, and Juniuslieder (1848), lyrics in a more spirited and manlier style than his early poems.

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Comendador Escrivá was a 15th century Valencian poet.


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