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Bist du (1844) S. 277

Bist du

Mild wie ein Lufthauch, ein Lufthauch im Mai,
Rein wie die Perle, die Perle im Meer,
Klar wie der Himmel, der Himmel in Rom,
So still wie die Mondnacht bist du!
Kalt wie der Gletscher, der Gletscher der Alp,
Fest wie der Felsen, der Fels von Granit,
Ruhig wie’s Wasser, das Wasser im See,
Wie Gott unergründlich bist du!
Denn aus den Sphären, den Sphären des Lichts,
Denn aus den Welten der Schönheit und Liebe,
Denn aus den Höhen, den Höhen des Alls,
Denn aus den Tiefen, den Tiefen des Seins
Kommst du!

You are

Soft as a breeze, a breeze in May,
Pure as the pearl, the pearl in the sea,
Clear as the sky, the Roman sky,
As still as the moonlit night art thou!
Cold as the glacier of the alpine pastures,
Firm as the rock, the rock of granite,
Calm as the waters, the waters of the lake,
As unfathomable as God art thou!
For from the spheres, the spheres of light,
For from the worlds of beauty and love,
For from the heights, the heights of space,
For from the depths, the depths of being
Art thou!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Franz Liszt (22 October 1811 – 31 July 1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger and organist of the Romantic era. He was also a writer, a philanthropist, a Hungarian nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.

A prolific composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School (Neudeutsche Schule). He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work which influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated 20th-century ideas and trends. Among Liszt's musical contributions were the symphonic poem, developing thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form, and radical innovations in harmony.

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