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An die Geliebte (1815) D303

An die Geliebte

O dass ich dir vom stillen Auge 
In seinem liebevollen Schein 
Die Träne von der Wange sauge, 
Eh’ sie die Erde trinket ein!
Wohl hält sie zögernd auf der Wange 
Und will sich heiss der Treue wein. 
Nun ich sie so im Kuss empfange,
Nun sind auch deine Schmerzen mein! 

To the beloved

Oh that from your silent eyes,
in their loving radiance,
I might drink the tears from your cheek 
before the earth absorbs them!
They remain hesitantly on your cheek, 
which they dedicate warmly to constancy. 
Now, as I receive them in my kiss,
your sorrows, too, are mine.

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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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