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Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (1890) no.36

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Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen,
Ich sterbe vor Liebe.
Dass die Luft mit leisem Wehen
Nicht den süssen Duft mir entführe,
Bedeckt mich!
Ist ja alles doch dasselbe, 
Liebesodem oder Düfte
Von Blumen.
Von Jasmin und weissen Lilien
Sollt ihr hier mein Grab bereiten,
Ich sterbe.
Und befragt ihr mich: Woran?
Sag’ ich: Unter süssen Qualen
Vor Liebe.

Cover me with flowers

Cover me with flowers,
I am dying of love.
Lest the soft breezes
Rob me of their sweet scent,
Cover me!
For the breath of love
And the scent of flowers
Is all one.
With jasmine and white lilies
You shall here prepare my grave,
I am dying.
And if you ask me: Of what?
I’ll say: in sweet torment
Of love.


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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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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Maria do Ceo, was a Portuguese poet, writer, and playwright. She went by the pseudonyms of Marina Clemencia, Sister Maria do Cêu, Sor Maria do Ceo del Cielo and Maria del Cielo.

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