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Normans Gesang (1825) D846

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

Normans Gesang

Die Nacht bricht bald herein, dann leg’ ich mich zur Ruh,
Die Heide ist mein Lager, das Farnkraut deckt mich zu,
Mich lullt der Wache Tritt wohl in den Schlaf hinein.
Ach, muss so weit von dir, Maria, Holde, sein.
Und wird es morgen Abend, und kommt die trübe Zeit,
Dann ist vielleicht mein Lager der blutig rote Plaid,
Mein Abendlied verstummet, du schleichst dann trüb und bang,
Maria, mich wecken kann nicht dein Totensang.
Wohl wird die Stunde kommen, wo nicht die Sonne scheint,
Du wankst zu deinem Norman, dein holdes Auge weint,
Doch fall ich in der Schlacht, hüllt Todesschauer mich,
O glaub, mein letzter Seufzer, Maria, ist für dich.
Doch kehr’ ich siegreich wieder aus kühner Männerschlacht,
Dann grüssen wir so freudig das Nah’n der stillen Nacht,
Das Lager ist bereitet, uns winkt die süsse Ruh
Der Hänfling singt Brautlieder, Maria, hold uns zu.

Norman's Song

Soon night will fall. Then I shall lie down to rest;
the heath shall be my bed, the bracken shall cover me.
The sentry’s tread shall lull me to sleep.
Alas, I must be so far from you, Mary.
Come tomorrow evening, come the bleak hour,
my bed may be the blood-red plaid;
my vesper song will cease, and you, Mary, will creep about, gloomy
and troubled; your threnody will not waken me.
A time will come when the sun does not shine,
you will totter towards your Norman, your fair eyes will weep;
but if I fall in battle, if grim death shrouds me,
believe this, Mary: my last sigh shall be for you.
But if I return victorious from the brave battle,
how joyfully we shall greet the approach of the silent night.
The bed is prepared, sweet repose beckons to us;
soon, Mary, the linnet will sing us wedding songs.

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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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