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Gott im Frühlinge (1816) D448

Gott im Frühlinge

In seinem schimmernden Gewand
Hast du den Frühling uns gesandt,
Und Rosen um sein Haupt gewunden.
Holdlächelnd kömmt er schon!
Es führen ihn die Stunden,
O Gott, auf seinen Blumenthron.
Er geht in Büschen, und sie blühen;
Den Fluren kömmt ihr frisches Grün,
Und Wäldern wächst ihr Schatten wieder,
Der West, liebkosend, schwingt
Sein tauendes Gefieder,
Und jeder frohe Vogel singt.
Mit eurer Lieder süssem Klang,
Ihr Vögel, soll auch mein Gesang
Zum Vater der Natur sich schwingen.
Entzückung reisst mich hin!
Ich will dem Herrn lobsingen,
Durch den ich wurde, was ich bin!

God in springtime

You have sent us spring
in his shimmering robes
and entwined roses about his head.
Already he comes, sweetly smiling;
the hours lead him
to his throne of flowers, O Lord.
He walks among bushes, and they bloom;
the meadows acquire their fresh green,
and shade returns to the woods;
caressingly the west wind
waves its dewy wings
and every happy bird sings.
Birds, with the sweet notes of your songs
let my song also
soar up to the Father of Nature.
I am filled with rapture!
I will sing praises to the Lord
who made me what I am.

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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 Peter Uz, German poet.

He was born at Ansbach. He studied law in 1739-43 at the university of Halle, where he associated with the poets Johann Gleim and Johann Nikolaus Götz, and in conjunction with the latter translated the odes of Anacreon (1746).

In 1748 Uz was appointed unpaid secretary to the Justizcollegium, an office he held for twelve years; in 1763 he became assessor to the imperial court of justice at Nuremberg, in 1790 was made a judge.

A monument to Uz stands in the Ansbach Court Garden. It was near this monument, in 1833, that Kaspar Hauser was murdered.

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