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An die Natur (1816) D372

An die Natur

Süsse, heilige Natur,
Lass mich geh’n auf deiner Spur,
Leite mich an deiner Hand,
Wie ein Kind am Gängelband!
Wenn ich dann ermüdet bin, Sink’
ich dir am Busen hin,
Atme süsse Himmelslust
Hangend an der Mutterbrust.
Ach! wie wohl ist mir bei dir!
Will dich lieben für und für;
Lass mich geh’n auf deiner Spur,
Süsse, heilige Natur!

To Nature

Sweet, holy nature,
let me walk upon your pathway,
lead me by the hand,
like a child on the reins!
Then, when I am weary,
I shall sink down on your breast,
and breathe the sweet joys of heaven
suckling at your maternal breast.
Ah, how happy I am to be with
you! I shall love you for ever;
let me walk upon your pathway,
sweet, holy nature!

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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

Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg, was a German poet, lawyer and translator born at Bramstedt in Holstein (then a part of Denmark).
Friedrich Leopold belonged to a cadet branch of the Stolberg family. He was born the son of a Danish magistrate and owner of a manorial estate, Count Christian zu Stolberg. Together with his brother Christian, Friedrich Leopold went to the University of Halle in 1770, in order to study German Law. His other studies embraced the Classics and various historical courses. The two brothers then studied in Göttingen and were a prominent members of the famous Hain or Dichterbund, a society of young men who had high aspirations for the unity of the country, and who cultivated German poetry. After leaving the university the brothers made a journey to Switzerland in company with the famed poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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