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Klage (1816) D371


Trauer umfliesst mein Leben,
Hoffnungslos mein Streben,
Stets in Glut und Beben
Schleicht mir hin das Leben;
O nimmer trag’ ich’s länger!
Leiden und Schmerzen wühlen
Mir in den Gefühlen,
Keine Lüfte kühlen
Banger Ahndung Schwülen;
O nimmer trag’ ich’s länger!
Nur ferner Tod kann heilen
Solcher Schmerzen Weilen;
Wo sich die Pforten teilen,
Werd’ ich wieder heilen;
O nimmer trag’ ich’s länger!


Sorrow floods my life,
my endeavours are in vain,
in unremitting ardour and trembling
my life slips by;
I can endure it no longer!
Grief and suffering gnaw away
at my feelings;
no breezes cool
my feverish, anxious foreboding.
I can endure it no longer!
Only distant death can cure
the presence of such suffering;
when the gates open
I shall be cured;
I can endure it no longer!

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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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