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Ellens Gesang I (1825) D837

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Sieben Gesänge aus Walter Scotts ‘Fräulein vom See’ (D837)

Ellens Gesang I

Raste Krieger! Krieg ist aus,
Schlaf den Schlaf, nichts wird dich wecken,
Träume nicht von wildem Strauss
Nicht von Tag und Nacht voll Schrecken.
In der Insel Zauberhallen
Wird ein weicher Schlafgesang
Um das müde Haupt dir wallen
Zu der Zauberharfe Klang.
Feen mit unsichtbaren Händen
Werden auf dein Lager hin
Holde Schlummerblumen senden,
Die im Zauberlande blühn.
Nicht der Trommel wildes Rasen,
Nicht des Kriegs Gebietend Wort,
Nicht der Todeshörner Blasen
Scheuchen deinen Schlummer fort.
Nicht das Stampfen wilder Pferde,
Nicht der Schreckensruf der Wacht,
Nicht das Bild von Tagsbeschwerde
Stören deine stille Nacht.
Doch der Lerche Morgensänge
Wecken sanft dein schlummernd Ohr,
Und des Sumpfgefieders Klänge
Steigend aus Geschilf und Rohr.

Ellen's Song I

Rest, warrior! Your war is over,
sleep the sleep, nothing shall wake you;
do not dream of the fierce battle,
of days and nights filled with terrors.
In the island’s enchanted halls
a soft lullaby
shall caress your weary head
to the strains of a magic harp.
Fairies with unseen hands
shall strew upon your bed
sweet flowers of sleep
that bloom in the enchanted land.
Neither the wild crash of drums,
nor the summons to battle,
nor the blaring of death’s horns
shall frighten away your sleep.
Neither the stomping of frenzied horses,
nor the sentry’s fearful cry,
nor a vision of the day’s cares
shall disturb your tranquil night.
Yet the lark’s morning song
shall gently awaken your slumbering ear,
and the sounds of marsh birds
soaring from reeds and rushes.

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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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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE FSA Scot (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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