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Bei dem Grabe meines Vater (1816) D496

Bei dem Grabe meines Vater

Friede sei um diesen Grabstein her! 
Sanfter Friede Gottes! Ach, sie haben 
Einen guten Mann begraben,
Und mir war er mehr.
Träufte mir von Segen, dieser Mann, 
Wie ein Stern aus bessern Welten! 
Und ich kann’s ihm nicht vergelten, 
Was er mir getan.
Er entschlief, sie gruben ihn hier ein. 
Leiser, süsser Trost von Gott,
Und ein Ahnden von dem ew’gen Leben 
Düft’ um sein Gebein!
Bis ihn Jesus Christus, gross und hehr! 
Freundlich wird erwecken,
Ach, sie haben ihn begraben!
Einen guten Mann begraben,
Und mir war er mehr.

At My Father's Grave

Peace be to this tombstone,
the tender peace of God.
Ah, they have buried a good man, 
and to me he was still more.
He showered blessings upon me 
like a star from a better world, 
and I can never repay
what he did for me.
He fell asleep, they buried him here. 
May God’s sweet, gentle comfort 
and a presentiment of eternal life 
embalm his mortal remains,
until Jesus Christ, great and glorious, 
lovingly wakens him.
Ah, they have buried him,
buried a good man,
and to me he was still more.

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

Matthias Claudius was a German poet, most notable for Der Mond ist aufgegangen (The Moon Has Risen) and editor of the journal Der Wandsbecker Bothe

After studying at Jena, Claudius held a series of editorial and minor official positions in Copenhagen and Darmstadt until in 1788 he acquired a sinecure in the Schleswig-Holstein bank. He edited the Wandsbecker Bothe (1771–75), popular not only with a general readership, for whose enlightenment it was designed, but also with the most important literary men of the time. Among the journal’s contributors were the philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder, the poet Friedrich Klopstock, and the critic and dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the three of whom, with Claudius, formed a circle that fought against the prevailing rationalist and Classical spirit and sought to preserve a natural and Christian atmosphere in literature. Claudius’ own poems, e.g., Der Tod und das Mädchen, have a naive, childlike, and devoutly Christian quality.

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