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Seitdem dein Aug’ in meines schaute (1885) Op. 17 no.1

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Six Songs Op.17 (Op. 17)

Seitdem dein Aug’ in meines schaute

Seitdem dein Aug’ in meines schaute
Und Liebe, wie vom Himmel her,
Aus ihm auf mich herniedertaute,
Was böte mir die Erde mehr?
Ihr Bestes hat sie mir gegeben,
Und von des Herzens stillem Glück
Ward übervoll mein ganzes Leben
Durch jenen einen Augenblick.

Since your eyes gazed into mine

Since your eyes gazed into mine
And love, as from heaven,
Descended on me like the dew,
What more can earth offer me?
It has given to me its best,
And with my heart’s silent joy,
My whole life overflowed
In that single moment.
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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