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Das Lied vom Reifen (1817) D532

Das Lied vom Reifen

Seht meine lieben Bäume an,
Wie sie so herrlich stehn,
Auf allen Zweigen angetan
Mit Reifen wunderschön!
Von unten an bis oben ’naus
Auf allen Zweigelein
Hängt’s weiss und zierlich, zart und kraus,
Und kann nicht schöner sein.
Ein Engel Gottes geht bei Nacht,
Streut heimlich hier und dort,
Und wenn der Bauersmann erwacht,
Ist er schon wieder fort.
Du Engel, der so gütig ist,
Wir sagen Dank und Preis.
O mach uns doch zum heil'gen Christ
Die Bäume wieder weiss!

The Song of the Frost

Look how splendid
my beloved trees are,
adorned on every branch
with beautiful frost!
From top to bottom
it hangs on every twig,
white and delicate, fragile and crisp.
Nothing could be lovelier.
An angel of God comes by at night
Secretly scattering here and there,
And is already gone
When the farmer awakes.
O angel, who are so kind,
We give you thanks and praise.
Make the trees white again for us
At Christmas time.

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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

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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