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Eine gute, gute Nacht (1873) Op. 59 no.6

Eine gute, gute Nacht

Eine gute, gute Nacht
Pflegst du mir zu sagen—
Über dieses eitle Wort,
O wie muss ich klagen!
Daß du meiner Seele Glut
Nicht so grausam nährtest!
„Eine gute, gute Nacht“,
Daß du sie gewährtest!

A good goodnight

A good goodnight
you are wont to bid me—
those idle words,
oh how I bewail them!
If only you would not so cruelly
fuel the fire in my soul;
‘A good goodnight’,
if only you would grant it!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.

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