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Einerlei (1918) Op. 69

Part of a series or song cycle:

Fünf kleine Lieder (Op. 69)


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!


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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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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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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