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Liebhaber in allen Gestalten (1817) D558

Liebhaber in allen Gestalten

Ich wollt’ ich wär’ ein Fisch,
So hurtig und frisch;
Und kämst Du zu angeln,
Ich würde nicht mangeln.
Ich wollt’ ich wär’ ein Fisch,
So hurtig und frisch.
Ich wollt', ich wär' ein Pferd,
Da wär' ich dir wert.
Oh, wär' ich ein Wagen,
Bequem dich zu tragen.
Ich wollt', ich wär' ein Pferd,
Da wär' ich dir wert.
Ich wollt’ ich wäre Gold!
Dir immer im Sold;
Und tätst Du was kaufen,
Käm’ ich gelaufen.
Ich wollt’ ich wäre Gold!
Dir immer im Sold.
Doch bin ich wie ich bin,
Und nimm mich nur hin!
Willst bess’re besitzen,
So lass Dir sie schnitzen.
Ich bin nun wie ich bin;
So nimm mich nur hin!

Love in all guises

I wish I were a fish,
so agile and fresh;
and if you came to catch me,
I would not fail you.
I wish I were a fish,
so agile and fresh.
I wish I were a horse
that you cherished
O were I only a cart
to bear you comfortably!
I wish I were a horse
that you cherished.
I wish I were gold,
always at your service.
And if you bought something,
I would come running back again.
I wish I were gold,
always at your service!
But I am as I am;
just accept me like this.
If you want a better man,
then have him made for you.
I a m as I am;
just accept me like this.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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