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Der Jüngling und der Tod (1817) D545

Der Jüngling und der Tod

DER JÜNGLING
Die Sonne sinkt, o könnt ich mit ihr scheiden,
Mit ihrem letzten Strahl entfliehen!
Ach diese namenlosen Qualen meiden
Und weit in schönre Welten ziehen!
O komme, Tod, und löse diese Bande!
Ich lächle dir, o Knochenmann,
Entführe mich leicht in geträumte Lande!
O komm und rühre mich doch an!
DER TOD
Es ruht sich kühl und sanft in meinen Armen,
Du rufst, ich will mich deiner Qual erbarmen.

The Youth and Death

THE YOUTH
The sun is sinking; O that I might depart with it,
flee with its last ray:
escape these nameless torments,
and journey far away to fairer worlds!
O come, death, and loose these bonds!
I smile upon you, skeleton;
lead me gently to the land of dreams!
O come and touch me, come!
DEATH
In my arms you will find cool, gentle rest;
you call. I will take pity on your suffering.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Composer

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Poet

Joseph Ritter von Spaun (after 1859 Joseph Freiherr von Spaun) was an Austrian nobleman, an Imperial and Royal Councillor, lottery director, and honorary citizen of Vienna and Cieszyn. He is best known for his friendship with the composer Franz Schubert.
oseph von Spaun came from the Spaun family, originally of Swabian origin first mentioned in documents from 1583-1593 among farmers and yarn spinners Bartholomäus Spaun. The family, originally from Deisenhausen (Günzburg) became wealthy in Linz. He was the son of Franz Xaver Ritter von Spaun (1756-1804) a royal councillor and Imperial State Syndic in Upper Austria and the widow Josepha Steyrer von Riedenburg (1757-1835). His brother was the historian and folklorist Anton Ritter von Spaun (1790-1849).

Spaun married Franziska Roner Edle von Ehrenwert (July 17 1795-Jan 31, 1890), daughter of landholder and military captain Joseph Roner Edler von Ehrenwert on April 14 1828 in Vienna. The son of this union became Admiral Hermann von Spaun.

He was raised to the Austrian nobility on August 25 1859 (Adelsbrief on Nov. 2, 1859), and assumed the title Freiherr (baron).

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