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Meinem Kinde (1897) Op. 37 no.3

Meinem Kinde

Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich
Über dein Bettchen und segne dich.
Jeder behutsame Atemzug
Ist ein schweifender Himmelsflug,
Ist ein Suchen weit umher,
Ob nicht doch ein Sternlein wär'
Wo aus eitel Glanz und Licht
Liebe sich ein Glückskraut bricht,
Das sie geflügelt herniederträgt
Und dir auf's weiße Deckchen legt.

To my child

You sleep and softly I bend down
Over your cot and bless you.
Every cautious breath you take
Soars up towards heaven,
Searches far and wide to see
If there might not be some star,
From whose pure radiance and light
Love may pluck a herb of grace,
To descend with it on her wings
And lay it on your white coverlet.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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