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Alles um Liebe (1815) D241

Alles um Liebe

Was ist es, das die Seele füllt?
Ach, Liebe füllt sie, Liebe!
Sie füllt nicht Gold, noch Goldeswerth,
Nicht was die schnöde Welt begehrt,
Sie füllt nur Liebe, Liebe!
Was ist es, das die Sehnsucht stillt?
Ach, Liebe stillt sie, Liebe!
Sie stillt nicht Titel, Stand noch[,] Rang,
Und nicht des Ruhmes Schellenklang;
Sie stillt nur Liebe, Liebe!
Liebt herzlich mich, liebt schmerzlich mich
Die Eine, die ich meine
Nimm alles, alles hin, Geschick,
Nimm Ruh’ und Ruhm und Lebensglück;
Mir gnügt, mir gnügt die Eine.

All for Love

What is it that fills the soul?
Ah, Love fills it, Love!
It fills not with gold, nor gold’s worth,
not what this vile earth desires;
it fills only with Love, Love!
What is it that quiets longing?
Ah, Love quiets it, Love!
Neither title, station nor rank,
Nor the fleeting sound of praise can quiet it;
Only love!
Love me affectionately, love me achingly,
You, the one I’m thinking of
take everything from me, Fate,
take peace and glory and life’s joy;
it is enough, enough for me to have you alone.

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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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Ludwig Gotthard Kosegarten, also known as Ludwig Theobul or Ludwig Theoboul, was a German poet and Lutheran preacher.

Kosegarten was born in Grevesmühlen, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After studying theology at the University of Greifswald, he served as the pastor of Altenkirchen on the island of Rügen, then part of Swedish Pomerania.

After his ordination in 1792 he was given the rectorate in the parish church of Altenkirchen on Rügen. In this capacity he gave the famous shore sermons on the cliffs near Vitt. He went there to the herring fishermen, who during the time of herring fishing could not go to the church in Altenkirchen due to their work. These sermons were a great success, which is why the Vitt Chapel was erected in 1806. During his stay on Rügen he wrote many reports about the island, that made both Rügen and Kosegarten famous.

Kosegarten's books were burned at the Wartburg festival on 18 October 1817. He influenced the work of Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, and the music of Franz Schubert.

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