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Liebesrausch (1815) D179


Dir, Mädchen, schlägt mit leisem Beben
Mein Herz voll Treu’ und Liebe zu.
In dir, in dir versinkt mein Streben,
Mein schönstes Ziel bist du!
Dein Name nur in heil’gen Tönen
Hat meine kühne Brust gefüllt;
Im Glanz des Guten und des Schönen
Strahlt mir dein hohes Bild.
Die Liebe sprosst aus zarten Keimen,
Und ihre Blüten welken nie!
Du, Mädchen, lebst in meinen Träumen
Mit süsser Harmonie.
Begeist’rung rauscht auf mich hernieder,
Kühn greif’ ich in die Saiten ein,
Und alle meine schönsten Lieder,
Sie nennen dich allein.
Mein Himmel glüht in deinen Blicken,
An deiner Brust mein Paradies.
Ach! alle Reize, die dich schmücken,
Sie sind so hold, so süss.
Es wogt die Brust in Freud’ und Schmerzen,
Nur eine Sehnsucht lebt in mir,
Nur ein Gedanke hier im Herzen:
Der ew’ge Drang nach dir.

Love's Intoxication

For you, maiden, my heart beats,
gently trembling, filled with love and devotion.
In you, in you, my striving ceases;
you are my life’s fairest goal.
Your name alone has filled my bold heart
with sacred tones.
In the radiance of goodness and beauty
your noble image shines for me.
Love burgeons from tender seeds,
and its blossoms never wither.
You, maiden, live in my dreams
with sweet harmonies.
I am fired with the rapture of inspiration;
boldly I pluck the strings,
and all my loveliest songs
utter your name alone.
My heaven glows in your eyes;
my paradise is upon your breast.
Ah, all the charms that adorn you
are so fair, so sweet.
My breast surges with joy and pain;
one desire alone dwells within me,
one thought alone lies here in my heart:
eternal yearning for you!

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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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Karl Theodor Körner  was a German poet and soldier. After some time in Vienna, where he wrote some light comedies and other works for the Burgtheater, he became a soldier and joined the Lützow Free Corps in the German uprising against Napoleon. During these times, he displayed personal courage in many fights, and encouraged his comrades by fiery patriotic lyrics he composed, among these being the “Schwertlied" (“Sword Song"), composed during a lull in fighting only a few hours before his death, and “Lützows wilde Jagd" ("Lützow's Wild Chase"), each set to music by both Carl Maria von Weber and Franz Schubert. He was often called the “German Tyrtaeus.

He was born at Dresden, capital of the Saxon electorate, the son of the consistorial councillor Christian Gottfried Körner and his wife Minna Stock Körner. He was raised by his parents and by his aunt, the artist Dora Stock, who lived in the home. He attended the Kreuzschule.

After his education, he chose mining as an occupation. He moved to Vienna, where he befriended Wilhelm von Humboldt, the Prussian ambassador, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel, and other eminent literary and scientific men. Here, within the short space of fifteen months, he produced a succession of dramas, operas, and farces, as well as several small poems. The success of his works obtained him the appointment of poet to the court at the Vienna Burgtheater. It was in this period of his life that he became betrothed to the popular actress Antonie Adamberger.

During the War of the Sixth Coalition, he left Vienna in March 1813, and together with Friedrich Friesen and Friedrich Ludwig Jahn joined the Lützow Free Corps, a voluntary paramilitary association which Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm von Lützow was then forming in Breslau, Silesia. In the midst of the most active campaigns, Körner continued to write poetry and other works. He wrote a singspiel, Der vierjährige Posten, which was set to music by Franz Schubert in 1815, but the piece was not performed until 1869, when it was staged at the Hofoper, Dresden. It was later adapted in English as The Outpost.

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