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Impatience (1823) D795 (Op. 25)

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The Fair Maid of the Mill (D795 (Op. 25))


I want to carve it deep on every tree
To paint it high on every wall I see
I want to sow the words in watercress
So everyone could read my happiness
So everyone can see
The very heart of me
You are my love, you are my love,
And you and I will love for ever
I want to teach it to a singing bird
So he could then repeat it word for word
So he can jubilantly sing your praise
In joyous folderols and roundelays
And he would sing it, so
That everyone would know
You are my love, you are my love
And you and I will love for ever
I want to breathe it on the morning air
A secret message for the wind to bear
I want to share it with the passing breeze
And send it rustling through the poplar trees
And all around the land
So you can understand
You are my love. You are my love
And you and I will love forever.
The words I long to say and daren’t speak
The world can see them in my burning cheek
The world can hear them in my aching sighs
Or else divine them from my shining eyes
The words I daren't say
Are giving me away
You are my love, you are my love,
And you and I will love for ever

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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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