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Trockne Blumen (1823)

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Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))

Trockne Blumen

Ihr Blümlein alle, 
Die sie mir gab, 
Euch soll man legen 
Mit mir ins Grab.
Wie seht ihr alle 
Mich an so weh, 
Als ob ihr wüsstet, 
Wie mir gescheh’?
Ihr Blümlein alle, 
Wie welk, wie blass? 
Ihr Blümlein alle 
Wovon so nass?
Ach, Tränen machen 
Nicht maiengrün, 
Machen tote Liebe 
Nicht wieder blühn.
Und Lenz wird kommen 
Und Winter wird gehen, 
Und Blümlein werden 
Im Grase stehn.
Und Blümlein liegen 
In meinem Grab, 
Die Blümlein alle, 
Die sie mir gab.
Und wenn sie wandelt 
Am Hügel vorbei,
Und denkt im Herzen: 
„Der meint’ es treu!“
Dann Blümlein alle, 
Heraus, heraus!
Der Mai ist kommen, 
Der Winter ist aus.

Withered flowers

All you flowers
that she gave to me, 
you shall be laid 
with me in the grave.
How sorrowfully
you all look at me,
as though you knew
what was happening to me!
All you flowers,
how faded and pale you are! 
All you flowers,
why are you so moist?
Alas, tears will not create 
the green of May,
nor make dead love 
bloom anew.
Spring will come, 
and winter will pass, 
and flowers
will grow in the grass.
And flowers will lie 
on my grave –
all the flowers
that she gave me.
And when she walks
past that mound
and ponders in her heart, 
‘His love was true.’
Then, all you flowers, 
come forth, come forth! 
May is here,
winter is over!
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller was a German lyric poet.
Wilhelm Müller was born on October 7, 1794 at Dessau, the son of a tailor. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native town and at the University of Berlin, where he devoted himself to philological and historical studies. In 1813-1814 he took part, as a volunteer in the Prussian army, in the national rising against Napoleon. He participated in the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Hanau and Kulm. In 1814 he returned to his studies at Berlin. From 1817 to 1819, he visited southern Germany and Italy, and in 1820 published his impressions of the latter in Rom, Römer und Römerinnen. In 1819, he was appointed teacher of classics in the Gelehrtenschule at Dessau, and in 1820 librarian to the ducal library. He remained there the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack aged only 32.

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