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Unvergänglichkeit (1933) Op. 27 no.1


Deine edlen weißen Hände
Legen meine Seel' zur Ruh',
Wenn sie meinen Scheitel segnen,
Schließ' ich meine Augen zu
Und sag' nur leise: Du!
Und Welten sinken in ein Nichts,
Die Meere rauschen dumpf und weit;
Deine edlen weißen Hände
Sind mir Unvergänglichkeit.


Your noble white hands
Lay my soul to rest,
As you place them in blessing on my head,
I close my eyes
And say only: You.
And worlds sink into oblivion,
Oceans murmur muffled and far,
Your noble white hands are for me
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian-born composer and conductor, and a notable figure in the history of Hollywood as a composer for films.

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