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Wiegenliedchen (1901) Op. 49 no.3


Bienchen, Bienchen,
Wiegt sich im Sonnenschein,
Spielt um mein Kindelein,
Summt dich in Schlummer ein,
Süßes Gesicht.
Spinnchen, Spinnchen,
Flimmert im Sonnenschein,
Schlummre, mein Kindelein,
Spinnt dich in Träume ein,
Rühre dich nicht.
Schlüpft aus dem Sonnenschein,
Träume, mein Kindelein,
Haucht dir ein Seelchen ein,
Liebe zum Licht.

A little lullaby

Little bee, little bee
Sways in the sunshine,
Plays about my little child,
Hums you to sleep,
You with the lovely face.
Little spider, little spider
Shimmers in the sunshine,
Go to sleep, my little child,
He will cocoon you in dreams,
Do not stir.
Slips from the sunshine,
Dream, my little child,
It will breathe into you a little soul—
Love to light.
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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