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Waldseligkeit (1901) Op. 49 no.1


Der Wald beginnt zu rauschen,
Den Bäumen naht die Nacht;
Als ob sie selig lauschen,
Berühren sie sich sacht.
Und unter ihren Zweigen,
Da bin ich ganz allein,
Da bin ich ganz mein eigen:
Ganz nur Dein.

Woodland rapture

The wood begins to stir,
Night draws near the trees;
As if blissfully listening,
They gently touch each other.
And beneath their branches
I am utterly alone,
Utterly my own:
Utterly and only yours.
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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Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel was a German poet and writer. His poems use a range of metrical patterns, and have been set to music by composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill. His poetry often focused on themes of love and sensuality, and he was tried for obscenity and blasphemy in the late 1890s.

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