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Sendung (1912)

Sendung

Vier Grüße send’ ich zu dir auf die Reise,
Als meine vier getreuen Liebesboten.
Der erste pocht an deiner Pforte leise,
Der zweite soll vor dir die Kniee senken,
Der dritte dir die weiße Hand berühren,
Der vierte soll dich bitten, mein zu denken.

A missive

Four greetings I send to you on your journey –
Four faithful messengers of my love.
The first knocks softly at your door,
The second shall kneel down before you,
The third touch your white hand,
The fourth shall ask you to think of me.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Joseph Rupert Rudolf Marx was an Austrian composer and critic.


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Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in Berlin and Die Krokodile in Munich, he wrote novels, poetry, 177 short stories, and about sixty dramas. The sum of Heyse's many and varied productions made him a dominant figure among German men of letters. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910 "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." Wirsen, one of the Nobel judges, said that "Germany has not had a greater literary genius since Goethe." Heyse is the fifth oldest laureate in literature, after Doris Lessing, Theodor Mommsen, Alice Munro and Jaroslav Seifert.
 

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