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Erntelied (1915)

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Vier Lieder (Mahler, Alma)


Der ganze Himmel glüht
In hellen Morgenrosen;
Mit einem letzten, losen
Traum noch im Gemüt,
Trinken meine Augen diesen Schein.
Wach und wacher, wie Genesungswein.
Und nun kommt von jenen Rosenhügeln
Glanz des Tags und Wehn von seinen Flügeln,
Kommt er selbst. Und alter Liebe voll,
Daß ich ganz an ihm genesen soll,
Gram der Nacht und was sich sonst verlor,
Ruft er mich an seine Brust empor.
Und die Wälder und die Felder klingen,
Und die Gärten heben an zu singen.
Fern und dumpf rauscht das erwachte Meer.
Segel seh' ich in die Sonnenweiten,
Weiße Segel, frischen Windes, gleiten,
Stille, goldne Wolken obenher.
Und im Blauen, sind es Wanderflüge?
Schweig o Seele! Hast du kein Genüge?
Sieh, ein Königreich hat dir der Tag verliehn.
Auf! Dein Wirken preise ihn!

Harvest song

The whole sky glows
In the rosy morning light;
With a last fleeting
Dream still in my soul,
My eyes drink in this radiance.
Ever more awake like convalescent wine.
And now from those hills of roses comes
The splendour of day and the travail of its wings,
He comes himself, full of old love;
And that I should quite recover with him
The sorrow of night and all that was lost,
He summons me to his breast!
And the forests and the fields ring
And the gardens begin to sing.
The awakened sea murmurs muffled from afar,
I see sails on the distant horizon,
White sails of fresh wind glide by,
Silent golden clouds above,
And are there wanderer’s wings in the blue?
Hush, my soul, have you not had your fill?
See, a wealthy king has granted you this day.
Arise! May your works sing his praise!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel (born Alma Margaretha Maria Schindler; 31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964) was a Viennese-born composer, author, editor and socialite. She composed at least 17 songs for voice and piano. She was married to Gustav Mahler.

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A bookseller and music teacher whose literary gifts were admired and promoted by Liliencron. 

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