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Morgenlied (1816) D381


Die Frohe neubelebte Flur
Singt ihrem Schöpfer Dank.
O Herr und Vater der Natur.
Dir tön’ auch mein Gesang!
Der Lebensfreuden schenkst du viel
Dem, der sich weislich freut.
Dies sei, o Vater, stets das Ziel
Bei meiner Fröhlichkeit.
Ich kann mich noch des Lebens freun
In dieser schönen Welt;
Mein Herz soll dem geheiligt sein
Der weislich sie erhält.

Morning Song

The newly awakened fields
sing joyful thanks to their Creator.
O Lord and Father of nature,
let my song also resound for you!
You bestow many of life’s pleasures
on him who can enjoy them wisely.
Let this, O Father, always be my aim
in my happiness.
I can still enjoy life
in this beautiful world;
my heart shall be consecrated to him
who in his wisdom sustains the world.

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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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