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Vollendung (1817) D579a


Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe,
In den Lichtgefilden jener Welt,
Heil, der Träne dann an meinem Grabe
Die auf hingestreute Rosen fällt!
Sehnsuchtsvoll, mit banger Ahnungswonne,
Ruhig, wie der mondbeglänzte Hain,
Lächelnd, wie beim Niedergang die Sonne,
Harr’ ich, göttliche Vollendung, dein!
Eil’, o eile mich empor zu flügeln
Wo sich unter mir die Welten drehn,
Wo im Lebensquell sich Palmen spiegeln,
Wo die Liebenden sich wieder sehn.


When one day I reach my journey’s end
in the radiant fields of the world beyond,
then I shall hail the tears which fall on the roses 
scattered upon my grave.
Full of yearning, with anxious joy of anticipation, 
as calm as the moonlit grove,
smiling, as at the setting sun,
I shall await you, divine fulfilment!
Hasten, O hasten to wing me on high,
to where the spheres turn beneath me,
where palm trees are mirrored in the spring of life, 
where lovers are reunited.

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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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Friedrich von Matthisson was a German poet, an early member of the German Romantic movement. His best known poem is probably Adelaide, which was set to music by Beethoven.

He was born at Hohendodeleben near Magdeburg, the son of the village pastor, on the 23rd of January 1761. After studying theology and philology at the university of Halle, he was appointed in 1781 master at the classical school Philanthropinum in Dessau. This once famous seminary was, however, then rapidly decaying in public favor, and in 1784 Matthisson was glad to accept a travelling tutorship. He lived for two years with the Swiss author Bonstetten at Nyon on Lake Geneva.

In 1794 he was appointed reader and traveling companion to Princess Louisa of Anhalt-Dessau (wife of Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau). They visited Switzerland, Tyrol, and Italy. For a time, they were joined in their travels by Danish author and salonist Friederike Brun. After Princess Louisa's death in 1811, he entered the service of the king of Württemberg, was ennobled, created counselor of legation, appointed intendant of the court theatre and chief librarian of the royal library at Stuttgart. He resided for a time in Italy. In 1828 he retired and settled at Wörlitz near Dessau, where he died on the 12th of March 1831.

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