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Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen (1884) Op. 96 no.2

Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen

Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen;
Ich war so still und du so stille;
Ich gäbe viel, um zu erfahren,
Was du gedacht in jenem Fall.
Was ich gedacht—unausgesprochen
Verbleibe das! Nur Eines sag’ ich:
So schön war Alles, was ich dachte,
So himmlisch heiter war es all.
In meinem Haupte die Gedanken
Sie läuteten, wie goldne Glöckchen;
So wundersüß, so wunderlieblich
Ist in der Welt kein andrer Hall.

We were walking, we two together

We were walking, we two together;
I so silent and you so silent;
I would give much to know
What you were thinking then.
What was I thinking—let it remain
Unspoken! One thing only I shall say:
All my thoughts were so beautiful,
So heavenly and serene.
The thoughts in my mind
Chimed like golden bells:
So wondrously sweet and lovely
Is no other sound on earth.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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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Poet

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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