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Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag (1918) Op. 67 no.2


Part of a series or song cycle:

Drei Lieder der Ophelia (Op. 67)


Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag

Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt Valentinstag,
So früh vor Sonnenschein
Ich junge Maid am Fensterschlag
Will euer Valentin sein.
Der junge Mann tut Hosen an,
Tät auf die Kammertür
Ließ ein die Maid, die als Maid
Ging nimmermehr herfür.
Bei Sankt Niklas und Charitas,
Ein unverschämt Geschlecht!
Ein junger Mann tut’s wenn er kann,
Fürwahr, das ist nicht recht.
Sie sprach: Eh’ ihr gescherzt mit mir,
Verspracht ihr mich zu frei’n.
Ich bräch’s auch nicht, bei’m Sonnenlicht!
Wär’st du nicht kommen herein.

Good morning, it's St Valentine's Day,

Good morning, it’s St Valentine’s Day,
So early before sunrise.
I, young maid at the window,
Shall be your Valentine.
The young man put trousers on,
Opened up the chamber door,
Let in the maid who as a maid
Departed nevermore.
By St Nicholas and Charity,
What a shameless breed!
A young man does it when he can,
Which is, forsooth, not right.
She said: before you trifled with me,
You promised to marry me.
I’d not, by sunlight! have broken my word,
If you had not come in.

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Composer

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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Poet


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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

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