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By the Sea (1828) D957

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Swansong (D957)

By the Sea

The final rays of the setting sun
Were glinting over the ocean
We sat and we gazed on it side by side
Both lost in silent emotion
The mist came up
The water swelled
The seagulls started calling
And streaming down your lovely face
Tears upon tears were falling
I watched them drop on your slender hand
I knelt in shame before you
I tried to kiss those tears away
To drink your sorrow for you
But since that moment
I’m wracked with such pain
All sleep has been denied me
That bitter woman’s bitter tears
Are burning like poison inside me.


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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