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Der kranke Mond (1912) Op. 21 no.7

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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)

Der kranke Mond

Du nächtig todeskranker Mond
Dort auf des Himmels schwarzem Pfühl,
Dein Blick, so fiebernd übergroß,
Bannt mich wie fremde Melodie.
An unstillbarem Liebesleid
Stirbst du, an Sehnsucht, tief erstickt,
Du nächtig todeskranker Mond
Dort auf des Himmels schwarzem Pfühl.
Den Liebsten, der im Sinnenrausch
Gedankenlos zur Liebsten schleicht,
Belustigt deiner Strahlen Spiel -
Dein bleiches, qualgebornes Blut,
Du nächtig todeskranker Mond.

The sick moon

You nightly deathward sinking moon
Draped upon Heaven’s blackened bed.
Your face, so fevered, overlarge,
Haunts me, like some exotic song.
An all consuming lovesickness
Kills you with longing, suffocates...
You nightly deathward sinking moon,
Draped upon Heaven’s blackened bed.
Your loved one, senseless with desire,
Without a thought speeds to his love,
Delighting in your dancing beams,
Your white contaminated blood,
You nightly deathward sinking moon.

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Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School.

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