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Cora an die Sonne (1815)

Cora an die Sonne

Nach so vielen trüben Tagen 
Send’ uns wiederum einmal, 
Mitleidsvoll für uns’re Klagen, 
Einen sanften milden Strahl.
Liebe Sonne! trink’den Regen, 
Der herab zu stürzen dräut; 
Deine Strahlen sind uns Segen, 
Deine Blicke – Seligkeit.
Schein’, ach, scheine, liebe Sonne! 
Jede Freude dank’ ich dir;
Alle Geists- und Herzenswonne, 
Licht und Wärme kommt von dir.

Cora to the Sun

After so many gloomy days 
take pity on our plaint, 
and send us once more
a soft, gentle ray of light.
Dear sun, drink up the rain 
that threatens to pour down: 
your rays are a blessing to us; 
your glances bliss.
Shine, ah, shine, dear sun!
All delight I owe to you;
every joy of the spirit and the heart, 
all light and warmth come from you.

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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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Gabriele (or Gabriella) von Baumberg (or Bamberg), wife of János Batsányi (also Bacsányi), was an Austrian author and poet.

Von Baumberg was born in Vienna, the daughter of an Austrian civil servant. She received a humanistic education and from early on was fascinated by literature. As a result of her interest she later frequented the literary circles of Vienna.

She married the Hungarian author János Batsányi in 1805. Her husband translated Napoleon's proclamation into Hungarian after which, as a traitor, he was obliged to flee to Paris, taking his wife with him.

After the end of the Napoleonic Wars Batsányi was handed over to the Austrian authorities, who at first imprisoned him in Vienna and then exiled him to Linz. Gabriele accompanied him to both places, and died in Linz in 1839.

She wrote short poems and prose pieces throughout her life.

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