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Resignation WoO. 149


Lisch aus, mein Licht!
Was dir gebricht,
Das ist nun fort,
An diesem Ort
Kannst du’s nicht wieder finden!
Du mußt nun los dich binden.
Sonst hast du lustig aufgebrannt,
Nun hat man dir die Luft entwandt;
Wenn diese fort geweht,
Die Flamme irregehet,
Sucht, findet nicht;
Lisch aus, mein Licht!


Go out, my light!
What you lack
Is now departed,
In this place
You shall never find it again!
You must now break free.
Once you burned brightly,
Now you've been deprived of air;
When that has blown away,
The flame splutters -
Seeks - fails to find -
Go out, my light!
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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