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Love Message (1828) D957

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Swansong (D957)

Love Message

Beautiful mill-stream so wild and so free
Send my beloved a message from me
And when you speak to her later today
Send her my love from a long way away
Water to the bluebells she grows with such care
They look so lovely entwined in her hair
Moisten the roses, the ones she loves best
See how she clutches them close to her breast.
Water the roses, the ones she loves best
Look how she clutches them close to her breast.
When she is lonely she sighs by the stream
Dreaming of me in a secret dream
Sweeten her sorrow and sing her your song
Tell her that I will be with her erelong
Then when the evening has turned to red
Sing her a love song to take to bed
Then when the sun’s sitting low in the sky
Sing my beloved a lullaby
Sing my beloved a lullaby

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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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