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Pflügerlied (1816) D392

Pflügerlied

Arbeitsam und wacker,
Pflügen wir den Acker,
Singend, auf und ab.
Sorgsam trennen wollen
Wir die lockern Schollen,
Unsrer Saaten Grab.
Auf- und abwärts ziehend
Furchen wir, stets fliehend
Das erreichte Ziel.
Wühl’, o Pflugschaar, wühle!
Aussen drückt die Schwüle;
Tief im Grund ist’s kühl.
Säet, froh im Hoffen;
Gräber harren offen,
Fluren sind bebaut;
Deckt mit Egg’ und Spaten
Die versenkten Saaten,
Und dankt Gott vertraut!
Gottes Sonne leuchtet,
Lauer Regen feuchtet
Das entkeimte Grün.
Flock’, o Schnee und strecke
Deine Silberdecke
Schirmend drüber hin!

Ploughman's Song

Hardworking and stout-hearted
we plough the fields,
singing as we go.
Carefully we separate
the loose clods,
the grave for our seeds.
Moving up and down
we make the furrows, always turning back
from our achieved goal.
Dig, O ploughshare, dig!
Outside the sultriness is oppressive;
deep in the earth it is cool.
Sow in joyful hope;
open graves lie waiting,
fields are tilled.
Cover the scattered seeds
with harrow and spade,
and give heartfelt thanks to God.
God’s sun shines;
warm rain moistens
the burgeoning green shoots.
Come, flaky snow, and drape
over them
your protecting silver blanket.

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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

Johann Gaudenz Gubert Graf (& Freiherr) von Salis-Seewis was Swiss poet.

Salis-Seewis came from an old Swiss aristocracy. His father, baron Johann Ulrich von Salis-Seewis (1740–1815), was created a (primogenitive) Comte (count) at Versailles on 1 February 1777 having married Freiin Jakobea von Salis-Bothmar (1741–1791) in 1760. The Reichs-freiherrdom dated back to 20 January 1588, for Dietegan v. Salis.

Between 1779 and 1789 Salis served as an officer in the Swiss Guards in France in Paris, France, until the French revolution made him quit. Salis-Seewis was one of the favourites of Marie Antoinette. In the next year Salis-Seewis undertook a journey to the Netherlands and Germany (including Weimar), meeting Goethe, Herder, Schiller, Wieland, and Matthisson. He particularly connected with Matthisson, and an intimate friendship developed.

The poet colleagues shared a sense of Sturm und Drang and empathy, calling it the ""Bündner Nachtigall" (Graubünden nightingale). Salis-Seewis returned to Switzerland in 1791, living in Chur and marrying there, on 26 December 1793, the 22-year-old Ursina v. Pestalozzi (Chur 29 September 1771 - Malans 27 June 1835). They had two sons; Johann-Ulrich Dietegan (Comte) v. Salis-Seewis (1794–1844) and Johann-Jakob (Freiherr) v. Salis-Seewis (1800–1881). He had a lively involvement in the political changes in his homeland over the next years lively involved, endorsed the alliance of the Three Leagues of Switzerland to the new France, and the proclaimed Helvetic Republic. After the area was occupied by Austria in the following year, Salis-Seewis and his family had to flee to Zurich. There, he was appointed inspector general of the Helvetican troops. This activity brought him the nickname "poet general". He later went to Bern and received a place on the Court of cassation. When the Act of Mediation was issued by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803, it became possible for Salis-Seewis to return to Graubünden. There he held several public offices until 1817, then he withdrew as Swiss federal colonel. His father had died two years before.

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