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Irmelin Rose (1898) Op. 7

Irmelin Rose

Seht, es war einmal ein König,
Dem die Schätze reich gedieh’n,
Und der beste, der ihm eigen,
Hieß mit Namen Irmelin.
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sonne,
Irmelin alles, was schön war.
Schier von jedem Ritterhelme
Wehte ihrer Farben Schein,
Und mit jedem Reim der Sprache
Klang ihr Name überein:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sonne,
Irmelin alles, was schön war.
Freier kamen scharenweise
Hergezogen zum Palast,
Und mit zärtlichen Gebärden
Klang ihr Schmeicheln ohne Rast:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sonne,
Irmelin alles, was schön ist.
Doch Prinzessin Stahlherz jagte
All die Freier schnippisch fort,
Fand an jedem was zu tadeln,
Hier die Haltung, da das Wort.
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sonne,
Irmelin alles, was schön ist.

Irmelin Rose

Behold, there was once a king
Who possessed rich treasures,
And his best possession
Bore the name of Irmelin.
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sun,
Irmelin, everything beautiful.
From every knight’s helmet
Her colours fluttered,
And with every rhyme in the language
Her name chimed:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sun,
Irmelin, everything beautiful.
Throngs of suitors came,
Drawn to the palace,
And with gentle gestures
Their ceaseless flattery sounded:
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sun,
Irmelin, everything beautiful.
But the steely-hearted princess chased
All her suitors impertinently away,
Found some fault in all of them:
Here his bearing, there his language.
Irmelin Rose,
Irmelin Sun,
Irmelin, everything beautiful.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Poet

Robert Franz Arnold was an Austrian literary historian and librarian.


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