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Einerlei (1918) Op. 69


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Fünf kleine Lieder (Op. 69)


Einerlei

Ihr Mund ist stets derselbe,
Sein Kuß mir immer neu,
Ihr Auge noch dasselbe,
Sein freier Blick mir treu;
O du liebes Einerlei,
Wie wird aus dir so mancherlei!

Sameness

Her mouth is always the same,
Its kiss is ever new,
Her eyes remain the same,
Their frank gaze true to me;
O you dear sameness,
The diversity that comes of you!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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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Poet

Carl Joachim Friedrich Ludwig von Arnim (26 January 1781 – 21 January 1831), better known as Achim von Arnim, was a German poet, novelist, and together with Clemens Brentano and Jospeh von Eichendorff, a leading figure of German Romanticism.

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