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An Rosa I (1815) D315

An Rosa I

Warum bist du nicht hier, meine Geliebteste,
Dass mich gürte dein Arm,
dass mich dein Händedruck
Labe, dass du mich pressest
An dein schlagendes Schwesterherz.
Wärmer, Rosa, fürwahr, wärmer und zärtlicher
Könnte nimmer für dich
schlagen mein fühlend Herz,
Hätt’ ein Schooss uns geboren,
Hätt’ uns einerlei Brust gesäugt.
Warum bist du nicht hier, meine Vertrauteste,
Dass dich gürte mein Arm,
dass ich dir süssen Gruss
Lispl’, und feurig dich drücke
An mein schlagendes Bruderherz.

To Rosa I

Why are you not here, my beloved,
so that your arms could surround me,
the squeeze of your hand
refresh me, and you could press me
to your beating, sisterly heart.
More warmly, Rosa, truly, more warmly
and more lovingly
could my tender heart never beat for you,
We sprang from one shoot,
We nursed at the same breast.
Why are you not here, my trusted one,
that my arm could surround you,
that I could whisper
sweet greetings to you, and draw you ardently
to my beating, brotherly heart.

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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

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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