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Der Leidende 'Klage' (1816) D432

Der Leidende 'Klage'

Nimmer trag’ ich länger dieser Leiden Last;
Nimm den müden Pilger bald hinauf zu dir.
Immer, immer enger wird’s in meinem Busen,
Immer, immer trüber wird der Augen Blick.
Öffne mir den Himmel, milder, güt’ger Gott!
Lass mich meine Schmerzen senken in das Grab!
Allzu viele Qualen wüten mir im Inn’ren,
Hin ist jede Hoffnung, hin des Herzens Glut.

The Sufferer 'Lament'

No longer can I bear the burden of this suffering;
take this weary pilgrim to you soon.
Ever more oppressed grows my heart;
ever dimmer grows my gaze.
Open your heaven for me, kind and merciful God!
Let me bury my sorrows in the grave.
All too many torments rage within me;
gone is all hope, gone my heart’s ardour.

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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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