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Ammenlied (1814) D122

Ammenlied

Am hohen, hohen Turm,
Da weht ein kalter Sturm: 
Geduld! die Glöcklein läuten, 
Die Sonne blinkt von weiten. 
Am hohen, hohen Turm,
Da weht ein kalter Sturm.
Im tiefen, tiefen Tal,
Da rauscht ein Wasserfall: 
Geduld! ein bisschen weiter, 
Da rinnt das Bächlein heiter. 
Im tiefen, tiefen Tal,
Da rauscht ein Wasserfall.
Am kahlen, kahlen Baum,
Deckt sich ein Täubchen kaum, 
Geduld! bald blühn die Auen, 
Dann wird’s sein Nestchen bauen. 
Am kahlen, kahlen Baum,
Deckt sich ein Täubchen kaum.
Dich friert, mein Töchterlein! 
Kein Freund sagt: komm herein! 
Lass unser Stündchen schlagen, 
Dann werden’s Englein sagen. 
Das beste Stübchen gibt
Gott jenem, den er liebt.

The Nurse's Song

Around the high tower
a cold gale blows. 
Patience! The bells ring; 
the sun gleams from afar. 
Around the high tower
a cold gale blows.
In the deep valley
a waterfall rushes. 
Patience! A little further on 
the brooklet flows merrily. 
In the deep valley
a waterfall rushes.
In the bare tree
a dove scarcely finds shelter.
Patience! Soon the meadows will bloom, 
and then it will build its nest.
In the bare tree
a dove scarcely finds shelter.
You are frozen, my little daughter! 
No friend asks you to come in! 
Let our hour come.
Then angels will invite you in. 
God gives his best room
to those he loves.

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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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