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Die Mondnacht (1815) D238

Die Mondnacht

Siehe, wie die Mondenstrahlen
Busch und Flur in Silber mahlen!
Wie das Bächlein rollt und glimmt! 
Strahlen regnen, Funken schmettern 
Von den sanftgeregten Blättern,
Und die Tauflur glänzt und glimmt. 
Glänzend erdämmern der Berge Gipfel, 
Glänzend der Pappeln wogende Wipfel.
Durch die glanzumrauschten Räume 
Flüstern Stimmen, gaukeln Träume, 
Sprechen mir vertraulich zu.
Seligkeit, die mich gemahnet,
Höchste Lust, die süss mich schwanet, 
Sprich, wo blühst, wo zeitigst du?
Sprenge die Brust nicht, mächtiges Sehnen! 
Löschet die Wehmut, labende Tränen!

The moonlit night

See how the moonbeams
paint bush and meadow silver,
and how the brook ripples and sparkles.
Rays of light pour down, sparks rain
from the gently stirring leaves,
and the dewy countryside glistens and shimmers. 
The darkening mountain peaks glimmer,
the swaying tops of the poplars gleam.
Through the luminous spaces, 
voices whisper, dreams hover, 
speaking confidingly to me. 
Remembered bliss,
great joy that fills me with sweet intimations, tell me, 
where do you bloom, where do you bear fruit? 
Mighty longing, do not shatter my heart!
Soothing tears, ease my melancholy!

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Ludwig Gotthard Kosegarten, also known as Ludwig Theobul or Ludwig Theoboul, was a German poet and Lutheran preacher.

Kosegarten was born in Grevesmühlen, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After studying theology at the University of Greifswald, he served as the pastor of Altenkirchen on the island of Rügen, then part of Swedish Pomerania.

After his ordination in 1792 he was given the rectorate in the parish church of Altenkirchen on Rügen. In this capacity he gave the famous shore sermons on the cliffs near Vitt. He went there to the herring fishermen, who during the time of herring fishing could not go to the church in Altenkirchen due to their work. These sermons were a great success, which is why the Vitt Chapel was erected in 1806. During his stay on Rügen he wrote many reports about the island, that made both Rügen and Kosegarten famous.

Kosegarten's books were burned at the Wartburg festival on 18 October 1817. He influenced the work of Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, and the music of Franz Schubert.

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