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Heimgang in der Frühe (1901) no.8


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8 Frühe Lieder


Heimgang in der Frühe

In der Dämmerung,
Um Glock’ zwei, Glock’ dreie,
Trat ich aus der Tür
In die Morgenweihe.
Klanglos liegt der Weg,
Und die Bäume schweigen,
Und das Vogellied
Schläft noch in den Zweigen.
Hör ich hinter mir
Sacht ein Fenster schließen?
Will mein strömend Herz
Übers Ufer fließen?
Sieht mein Sehnen nur
Blond und blaue Farben?
Himmelsrot und Grün
Samt den andern starben.
Ihrer Augen Blau
Küßt die Wölkchenherde,
Und ihr blondes Haar
Deckt die ganze Erde.
Was die Nacht mir gab,
Wird mich lang durchbeben;
Meine Arme weit
Fangen Lust und Leben.
Eine Drossel weckt
Plötzlich aus den Bäumen,
Und der Tag erwacht
Still aus Liebesträumen.

Homewards in the early morning

In the dawn,
At two o’clock, three o’clock,
I stepped out of the door
Into the hallowed morning.
The road lies soundless
And the trees are silent
And the song of morning
Slumbers in the boughs.
I hear behind me
A window softly closing.
Will my surging heart
Overflow its banks?
Does my longing see only
Blond and blue colours?
Sky-red and green
Died with all the others.
The blue of her eyes
Kisses the flock of little clouds,
And her blond hair
Covers the whole earth.
What the night gave me
Will vibrate long in me,
My outstretched arms
Seize joy and life.
A thrush awakes
Suddenly from among the trees,
And the day stirs gently
From dreams of love.
Translations by 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

Liliencron first attracted attention by the volume of poems, Adjutantenritte und andere Gedichte (1883), which was followed by several unsuccessful dramas, a volume of short stories, Eine Sommerschlacht (1886), and a novel Breide Hummelsbüttel (1887). His complete works were published in 14 volumes (1904–1905); his Gedichte having been previously collected in four volumes under the titles Kampf und SpieleKämpfe und Ziele"Nebel und Sonne and Bunte Beute (1897–1903).

 

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