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Heiter (1901) no.6


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8 Frühe Lieder


Heiter

Mein Herz ist wie ein See so weit,
Drin lacht dein Antlitz sonnenlicht
In tiefer süßer Einsamkeit,
Wo leise Well' an Well' sich bricht.
Ist's Nacht, ist's Tag? Ich weiß es nicht,
Lacht doch auf mich so lieb und lind
Dein sonnenlichtes Angesicht
Und selig bin ich wie ein Kind.

Serene

My heart is vast like a lake,
In which your face laughs like sunlight
In deep sweet solitude,
Where wave on wave is softly breaking.
Is it night? Is it day? I do not know.
So dearly and so gently your sunlit face
Laughs down on me
And I am blissfully happy like a child.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Anton Friedrich Wilhelm Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor.


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Poet

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.


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