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Der Liebende (1815) D207

Der Liebende

Beglückt, beglückt,
Wer dich erblickt,
Und deinen Himmel trinket;
Wenn dein Gesicht
Voll Engellicht
Den Gruss des Friedens winket.
Ein süsser Blick,
Ein Wink, ein Nick,
Glänzt mir wie Frühlingssonnen;
Den ganzen Tag
Sinn’ ich ihm nach,
Und schwebt in Himmelswonnen.
Dein holdes Bild
Führt mich so mild
An sanfter Blumenkette;
In meinem Arm
Erwacht es warm,
Und geht mit mir zu Bette.
Beglückt, beglückt,
Wer dich erblickt
Und deinen Himmel trinket;
Wem süsser Blick
Und Wink und Nick
Zum süssern Kusse winket.

The Lover

Blessed is he
who beholds you,
and drinks your heavenly beauty
when your face,
bathed in angelic light,
bestows the greeting of peace.
One sweet glance,
a sign, a nod,
shines upon me like the spring sun.
The whole day long
I think of it,
and float in heavenly bliss.
Your sweet image
leads me so tenderly along
by a gentle chain of flowers.
In my arms
it awakens warm,
and goes with me to bed.
Blessed is he
who beholds you,
and drinks your heavenly beauty,
who is lured to sweeter kisses
by a sweet glance,
a sign, a nod.

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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

Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty, was German poet who is considered the most gifted lyric poet of the Göttinger Hain, a group of young poets who saw themselves as heirs of the great lyric poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and whose work was characterized by love of nature and the expression of national feeling.

He was influenced by Johann Uz and Friedrich Klopstock, but his love for the Volkslied and his delight in nature preserved him from the artificiality of Uz and the unworldliness of Klopstock. A strain of melancholy runs through all his lyrics. His ballads are the pioneers of the rich ballad literature on English models, which sprang up in Germany over the next few years.

To many, the opening lines of Hölty's poem Der alte Landmann an seinen Sohn ("he Old Farmer to His Son) are the very embodiment of all Prussian virtues. This poem was set to music by Mozart to a melody adapted from the aria Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from his 1791 opera The Magic Flute. It was played daily by the carillon of the Potsdam Garrison Church where Frederick the Great was initially buried.

Many of Hölty's poems were set to music by composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Several streets and schools in Germany are named after him, including the Hölty-Gymnasium in Wunstorf near Hanover; in 2008, the biennial poetry prize Hölty-Preis was created in his name.

Among the many poems set by Schubert are An den Mond (D193 and D468),  An die Nachtigall (D196), Blumenlied (D431), Frühlingslied (D243 and D398), Klage (D436), Mailied (D129, D199 and D202), Minnelied (D429), Die Nonne (D208), Seligkeit (D433), Totengräberlied (D38 and D44) and Winterlied (D401).

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