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Die Kränze (1864) Op. 46 no.1

Die Kränze

Hier ob dem Eingang seid befestiget,
Ihr Kränze, so beregnet und benetzt
Von meines Auges schmerzlichem Erguss!
Denn reich zu tränen pflegt das Aug’ der Liebe.
Dies zarte Nass, ich bitte,
Nicht allzu frühe träufet es herab.
Spart es, bis ihr vernehmet, dass sie sich
Der Schwelle naht mit ihrem Grazienschritte,
Die Teuere, die mir so ungelind.
Mit einem Male dann hernieder sei es
Auf ihres Hauptes gold’ne Pracht ergossen,
Und sie empfinde, dass es Tränen sind;
Dass es die Tränen sind, die meinem Aug’
In dieser kummervollen Nacht entflossen.

The wreaths

Here above the portal shall you be fastened,
You wreaths, so rain-bespattered and bedewed
By the painful outpouring of my eyes!
For the eyes of love are wont to weep most copiously.
This delicate moisture—I beg you
Not to shed it all too soon.
Retain it, until you hear her draw near
The threshold in the manner of the Graces,
Her so dear to me, and so ungentle.
Then let it be suddenly be cascaded down
Onto the golden splendour of her head,
And let her sense that these are tears—
Tears shed by my eyes
In this night of distress.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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