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Der zürnenden Diana (1820) D707

Der zürnenden Diana

Ja, spanne nur den Bogen, mich zu töten,
Du himmlisch Weib! im zürnenden Erröten
Noch reizender. Ich werd’ es nie bereuen,
Dass ich dich sah am buschigen Gestade
Die Nymphen überragen in dem Bade,
Der Schönheit Funken in die Wildnis streuen.
Den Sterbenden wird noch dein Bild erfreuen.
Er atmet reiner, er atmet freier,
Wem du gestrahlet ohne Schleier.
Dein Pfeil, er traf, doch linde rinnen
Die warmen Wellen aus der Wunde;
Noch zittert vor den matten Sinnen
Des Schauens süsse letzte Stunde.

To Diana in her Wrath

Yes, draw your bow to slay me,
divine lady! In the flush of wrath
you are still more enchanting. I shall never regret
that I saw you on the flowering bank,
outshining the nymphs as they bathed,
spreading rays of beauty through the wilderness.
Your image will gladden me even as I die.
He who has beheld your unveiled radiance
will breathe more purely and more freely.
Your arrow hit its mark, yet warm waves
flow gently from the wound.
My failing senses still tremble
in contemplation of this last sweet hour.

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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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Johann Baptist Mayrhofer , was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert.

Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began to study Jurisprudence and Theology at the University of Vienna, both of which courses he finished. In 1814 he met the young composer Franz Schubert and his friends (Joseph von Spaun, Franz von Schober).

Mayrhofer wrote a lot of lyric poetry and published it in 1824.

47 Schubert songs and two of his operas are based on Mayrhofer’s lyric poems.

As a young man Mayrhofer had been hopelessly in love with Mina (Wilhelmina Watteroth), the daughter of Heinrich Watteroth, who was one of Mayrhofer's professors and for a short time also his landlord. In his late years Mayrhofer (like Schubert) fell in love with a young 15-year-old girl, the daughter of his landlord Doctor Strauss. Mayrhofer, who had been a hypochondriac all his life, committed suicide by jumping from the window of his office in Vienna.

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