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Das Finden (1815) D219

Das Finden

Ich hab’ ein Mädchen funden,
Sanft, edel, deutsch und gut.
Ihr Blick ist mild und glänzend,
Wie Abendsonnengluth,
Ihr Haar wie Sommerweben,
Ihr Auge veilchenblau.
Dem Rosenkelch der Lippen
Entquillt Gesang wie Thau.
Ich hab’ das edle Mädchen
An meiner Hand gefuhrt;
Ich bin mit ihr am Staden
Des Bachs hinab spaziert.
Ich hab’ sie liebgewonnen.
Ich weiss, sie ist mir gut.
Drum sei mein Lied ihr eigen,
Ihr eigen Gut und Blut.


I have found a maiden,
gentle, noble, German and good.
Her glance is as tender and radiant
as the evening sun’s glow,
her hair is like gossamer,
her eyes violet blue.
From the rosy goblet of her lips
springs forth song like the dew.
I led this dear maiden
by the hand;
I walked with her down
to the banks of the brook.
I have fallen in love with her.
I know that she cares for me.
Therefore, let my song be hers alone,
her treasure and lifeblood.

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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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