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Das Abendroth (1818) D236

Das Abendroth

Der Abend blüht,
Der Westen glüht!
Wo bist du holdes Licht entglommen,
Aus welchem Stern herabgekommen?
Es malt der Strahl
Das liebe Tal,
Das sie bewohnt, der Holden Holde,
Mit Rosengluth und mattem Golde.
Viel schöner blüht,
Viel wärmer glüht
Die blasse Rose ihrer Wangen,
Und weckt inbrünstiges Verlangen.
Drum Hesperus
Beut Gruss und Kuss
Der Herrlichen, der Tadellosen,
Und opfr’ ihr deine schönsten Rosen.

The Evening Song

The evening blooms,
the west glows!
Where are you glowing, dear light,
from which star have you come down?
Its beam paints
the loving valley
in which she lives, the dearest one,
with rose embers and dull gold.
More beautifully blooms,
more warmly glows
the pale rose of your cheeks,
and the longing that burns within awakes.
Therefore Hesperus
captures the greeting and the kiss
of the magnificent one, the blameless one,
and offers to her your beautiful roses.

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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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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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