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Lied der Anne Lyle (1825) D830

Lied der Anne Lyle

Wärst du bei mir im Lebenstal,
Gern wollt’ ich alles mit dir teilen;
Mit dir zu flieh’n wär’ leichte Wahl,
Bei mildem Wind, bei Sturmes Heulen.
Doch trennt uns harte Schicksalsmacht
Uns ist nicht gleiches Loos geschrieben.
Mein Glück ist, wenn dir Freude lacht
Ich wein’ und bete für den Lieben.
Es wird mein töricht’ Herz vergeh’n
Wenn’s alle Hoffnung sieht verschwinden
Doch soll’s nie seinen Gram gesteh’n,
Nie mürrisch klagend ihn verkünden.
Und drückt des Lebens Last das Herz,
Soll nie den matten Blick sie trüben,
So lange mein geheimer Schmerz
Ein Kummer wäre für den Lieben.

Annot Lyle's Song

If you were with me in life’s valley,
I would gladly share everything with you;
it would be an easy choice to fly with you
in gentle breezes, or in the howling storm.
But the harsh power of fate separates us;
we are not granted the same destiny.
Happiness is mine when joy smiles upon you;
I weep and pray for my beloved.
My foolish heart will beat no more
if it sees all hope vanish.
But it shall never admit its grief,
nor proclaim it with sullen lament.
And if life’s burden oppresses my heart,
it shall never cloud my weary eyes
while my secret sorrow
may distress my beloved.

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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

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE FSA Scot (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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