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Erhebung (1899) Op. 2 no.3

Part of a series or song cycle:

Vier Lieder (Op. 2)


Gib mir deine Hand,
nur den Finger, dann
seh ich diesen ganzen Erdkreis
als mein Eigen an!
O, wie blüht mein Land!
Sieh dir's doch nur an,
daß es mit uns über die Wolken
in die Sonne kann!


Give me your hand,
only a finger, then
I shall see this whole round earth
as my own!
Oh, how my country blossoms!
Just look at me,
that I may go with you above the clouds
into the sun!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel was a German poet and writer. His poems use a range of metrical patterns, and have been set to music by composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill. His poetry often focused on themes of love and sensuality, and he was tried for obscenity and blasphemy in the late 1890s.

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