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Augenlied (1817) D297

Augenlied

Süsse Augen, klare Bronnen! 
Meine Qual und Seligkeit
Ist fürwahr aus euch gewonnen, 
Und mein Dichten euch geweiht.
Wo ich weile,
Wie ich eile,
Liebend strahlet ihr mich an; 
Ihr erleuchtet,
Ihr befeuchtet,
Mir mit Tränen meine Bahn.
Treue Sterne, schwindet nimmer, 
Leitet mich zum Acheron!
Und mit eurem letzten Schimmer 
Sei mein Leben auch entflohen.

Song of the eyes

Sweet eyes, limpid fountains, 
my torment and my bliss
truly arise from you,
and my songs I dedicate to you.
Where I linger,
when I hasten,
you smile upon me, radiant with love; 
you illuminate my path,
and moisten it
with your tears.
Faithful stars, never vanish; 
lead me to Acheron!
And with your last glimmer 
may my life, too, fade away.

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 Baptist Mayrhofer , was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert.

Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began to study Jurisprudence and Theology at the University of Vienna, both of which courses he finished. In 1814 he met the young composer Franz Schubert and his friends (Joseph von Spaun, Franz von Schober).

Mayrhofer wrote a lot of lyric poetry and published it in 1824.

47 Schubert songs and two of his operas are based on Mayrhofer’s lyric poems.

As a young man Mayrhofer had been hopelessly in love with Mina (Wilhelmina Watteroth), the daughter of Heinrich Watteroth, who was one of Mayrhofer's professors and for a short time also his landlord. In his late years Mayrhofer (like Schubert) fell in love with a young 15-year-old girl, the daughter of his landlord Doctor Strauss. Mayrhofer, who had been a hypochondriac all his life, committed suicide by jumping from the window of his office in Vienna.

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