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Der Kuß (1822) Op. 128

Der Kuß

Ich war bei Chloen ganz allein,
Und küssen wollt' ich sie.
Jedoch sie sprach, sie würde schrein,
Es sei vergebne Müh!
Ich wagt' es doch und küßte sie,
Trotz ihrer Gegenwehr.
Und schrie sie nicht? Jawohl, sie schrie,
Doch lange hinterher.

The kiss

I was with Chloe all alone,
And wished to kiss her:
But she said she would scream,
That it would be in vain.
But I dared to and kissed her,
Despite her resistance.
And did she scream? Oh yes, she screamed.
But not until long after.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in classical music, he remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

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