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Sie wissen's nicht (1901) Op. 49 no.5

Sie wissen's nicht

Es wohnt ein kleines Vögelein
Auf grünem Baum, im grünen Licht,
Daß es die schöne Nachtigall,
Das Vöglein, es weiß es nicht.
Es wohnt ein schneeweiß Mägdelein
Im vierten Stock beim Himmelslicht,
Daß es das schönste Kind der Stadt,
Das schöne Kind, es weiß es nicht.
Sie wissen's nicht, und unten tief
Geht einer, dem das Herz zerbricht,
Zum Mädchen und zur Nachtigall
Schluchzt er hinauf, sie wissen's nicht.

They do not know

A tiny little bird lives
On a green tree in the green light,
That she is a beautiful nightingale,
The little bird does not know.
A snow white maiden lives
On the fourth floor near the light of heaven;
That she is the fairest child in the town,
The fair child does not know.
They do not know – and far below
Walks one whose heart is breaking;
To the maiden and to the nightingale above
He sobs out his heart – they do not know it.
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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