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Die Zeitlose (1885) Op. 10 no.7

Part of a series or song cycle:

8 Gedichte aus ‘Letzte Blätter’ (Op. 10)

Die Zeitlose

Auf frisch gemähtem Weideplatz
Steht einsam die Zeitlose,
Den Leib von einer Lilie,
Die Farb’ von einer Rose.
Doch es ist Gift, was aus dem Kelch,
Dem reinen, blinkt so rötlich—
Die letzte Blum’, die letzte Lieb’
Sind beide schön, doch tödlich.

The meadow saffron

On a freshly mown meadow
Stands the meadow saffron alone,
The body of a lily,
The colour of a rose.
But it is poison that glistens so rosily
From the pure chalice;
The last flower, the last love
Are both beautiful, but deadly.
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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