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Wiegenlied (1816) D498


Schlafe, holder, süsser Knabe,
Leise wiegt dich deiner Mutter Hand; 
Sanfte Ruhe, milde Labe
Bringt dir schwebend dieses Wiegenband.
Schlafe in der Flaumen Schoosse,
Noch umtönt dich lauter Liebeston,
Eine Lilie, eine Rose,
Nach dem Schlafe werd’ sie dir zum Lohn.


Sleep, dear, sweet boy,
your mother’s hand rocks you softly.
This swaying cradle strap
brings you gentle peace and tender comfort.
Sleep in her lap, soft as down;
pure notes of love still echo around you. 
A lily, a rose
shall be your reward after sleep.

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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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