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Der Kreuzzug (1827) D932

Der Kreuzzug

Ein Münich steht in seiner Zell
Am Fenstergitter grau,
Viel Rittersleut in Waffen hell
Die reiten durch die Au.
Sie singen Lieder frommer Art
In schönem, ernsten Chor,
Inmitten fliegt, von Seide zart,
Die Kreuzesfahn empor.
Sie steigen an dem Seegestad
Das hohe Schiff hinan,
Es läuft hinweg auf grünem Pfad,
Ist bald nur wie ein Schwan.
Der Münich steht am Fenster noch,
Schaut ihnen nach hinaus:
Ich bin, wie ihr, ein Pilger doch,
Und bleib ich gleich zu Haus.
Des Lebens Fahrt durch Wellen trug
Und heissen Wüstensand,
Es ist ja auch ein Kreuzeszug
In das gelobte Land.

The Crusade

A monk stands in his cell
at the grey window-grating;
a band of knights in shining armour
comes riding through the meadows.
They sing holy songs
in fine, solemn chorus;
in their midst the banner of the Cross,
made of delicate silk, flies aloft.
At the shore they climb
aboard the tall ship.
It sails away over the green waters,
and soon seems but a swan.
The monk still stands at the window,
gazing out after them:
‘I am, after all, a pilgrim like you,
although I remain at home.
‘Life’s journey through the treacherous waves
and the burning desert sands,
is also a crusade
into the Promised Land.’

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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 (or Carl) Gottfried Ritter von Leitner ( was an Austrian author and publicist from Graz, Styria, Austria.

From 1837 to 1854 he was the first Secretary to the Estates in Styria. He was the editor of the newspaper "Steiermark Zeitschrift" (Styria Times). Karl was the curator of the Landesmuseum Joanneum (Joanneum National Museum) in Graz, Austria from 1858 to 1864, and ge co-founded the Historical Association for Styrian Friendship with Peter Rosegger.

Some of his ballads were set to music by Franz Schubert, including Der Kreuzzug (D932), Der Wallensteiner Lanzknecht beim Trunk (D931), Der Winterabend (D938), Des Fischers Liebesglück (D933), Die Sterne (D939) and Vor meine Wiege (D927).

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