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Hochzeitlich Lied (1898) Op. 37 no.6

Hochzeitlich Lied

Laß Akaziendüfte schaukeln,
Rosen durch die Fenster gaukeln,
Blütenfee, das bist nun du!
Deine buchenroten Locken
Läuten mir wie Märchenglocken,
Und die weiten Täler locken ...
Komm, mein Kind, wir gehn zur Ruh!
In das Land der blassen Farben
Ziehn wir ein, und Purpurgarben
Fächeln stille Flammen zu.
Horch, schon zittern weiche Lieder,
Mond enthüllt sein Schneegefieder,
Fieberheiß die reifen Glieder,
Ziehn wir, Hand in Hand, zur Ruh.
Leise Scham, so schüchtern gleitend,
Lichte Rosenflügel spreitend,
Deckt die Äuglein, deckt dich zu.
Klingt’s im Park von Zymbeln, Zinken,
Will durchs Fenster Venus winken,
Müssen Band und Seide sinken,
Komm, mein Kind, wir ziehn zur Ruh.

Bridal song

Let the fragrance of acacia hover,
Let roses flutter through windows,
A flower-fairy is what you are!
Your copper-beach locks
Ring out for me like fairy bells,
And the distant valleys beckon ...
Come, my child, let us go to our bed!
We enter the land of pale colours
And sheaves of crimson flowers
Fan silent flames towards us;
Listen, soft songs already quiver,
The moon reveals her snowy plumage,
With our fever-hot and ready limbs,
We go hand in hand to our bed.
Gentle bashfulness, stealing up so timidly,
Spreading wide its luminous, roseate wings,
Covers your little eyes and you.
Cymbals and cornets sound in the park,
Venus greets us through the window,
Silk and ribbons must fall to the ground,
Come, my child, we go to our bed.
Translation © 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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