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Komm Bald! (1885) Op. 97 no.5

Komm Bald!

Warum denn warten
von Tag zu Tag?
Es blüht im Garten,
Was blühen mag.
Wer kommt und zählt es,
Was blüht so schön?
An Augen fehlt es,
Es anzusehn.
Die meinen wandern
Vom Strauch zum Baum -
Mir scheint, auch andern
Wär's wie ein Traum.
Und von den Lieben,
Die mir getreu
Und mir geblieben,
Wär'st du dabei.

Come soon!

Why then wait
From day to day?
Everything in the garden blooms
That wishes to bloom.
Who will come and count
All that lovely blossoming?
Where are the eyes
To look at it all?
My own eyes wander
From bush to tree -
I think other too
Would find it like a dream.
And among the dear friends
Still true to me
And still alive -
I wish that you were one of them.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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