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Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss (1918)


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Drei Lieder der Ophelia (Op.67)


Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss

Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß,
Leider ach leider den Liebsten!
Manche Träne fiel in des Grabes Schoß:
Fahr’ wohl, meine Taube!
Mein junger frischer Hansel ist’s der mir gefällt,
Und kommt er nimmermehr?
Er ist tot, o weh!
In dein Todbett geh,
Er kommt dir nimmermehr.
Sein Bart war weiß wie Schnee,
Sein Haupt wie Flachs dazu:
Er ist hin, er ist hin,
Kein Trauern bringt Gewinn:
Mit seiner Seele Ruh!
Und mit allen Christenseelen! darum bet’ ich!—
Gott sei mit euch.

They carried him naked on the bier,

They carried him naked on the bier,
Alas, alas, the dear one!
Many a tear dropped in the grave—
Farewell, farewell, my dove!
My young fresh Johnnie it is
I love—and will he come never more?
He is dead, ah woe!
To your deathbed go,
He will come to you never more.
His beard was white as snow,
His head was like flax.
He is gone, he is gone,
Nothing comes of mourning:
May his soul rest in peace
With all Christian souls! That is my prayer!
God be with you!

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


Translation:

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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