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An Chloen (1816) D462

An Chloen

Bei der Liebe reinsten Flammen 
Glänzt das arme Hüttendach: 
Liebchen! ewig nun beisammen! 
Liebchen! träumend oder wach!
Und wir teilen alle Freuden,
Sonn’ und Mond und Sternenglanz; 
Allen Segen, alles Leiden,
Arbeit und Gebet und Tanz.
So, bei reiner Liebe Flammen, 
Endet sich der schöne Lauf; 
Ruhig schweben wir zusammen, 
Liebchen! Liebchen! himmelan. 

To Chloe

With the purest flames of love
the humble cottage roof shines. 
Sweetheart, now we are together eternally, 
sweetheart, dreaming or awake!
And we shall share all our joys, 
sun, moon and starlight;
each blessing, each sorrow, 
work, and prayer, and dancing.
Thus, with the flames of pure love, 
shall the fair course end. 
Peacefully we shall float together, 
sweetheart, towards heaven.

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 Georg Jacobi was a German poet.
The elder brother of the philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Johann Georg was born at Pempelfort near Düsseldorf. He studied theology at Göttingen and jurisprudence at Helmstedt, and was appointed, in 1766, professor of philosophy in Halle. In this year he made the acquaintance of J. W. L. Gleim, who, attracted by the young poets Poetische Versuche (1764), became his friend. A lively literary correspondence ensued between Gleim in Halberstadt and Jacobi in Halle. In order to have Jacobi near him, Gleim succeeded in procuring for him a prebendal stall at the cathedral of Halberstadt in 1769, and here Jacobi issued a number of anacreontic lyrics and sonnets that were not at all appreciated by the intellectuals of his time. Herder called Jacobi's anacreontic poetry tasteless nonsense, Goethe criticised the jingling verses as only impressing women, and Lichtenberg ridiculed Jacobi as a doctorem jubilatum.

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