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Ich und Du

Ich und Du

Wir träumten voneinander
Und sind davon erwacht.
Wir leben, um uns zu lieben,
Und sinken zurück in die Nacht.
Du tratst aus meinem Traume,
Aus deinem trat ich hervor,
Wir sterben, wenn sich Eines
Im andern ganz verlor.
Auf einer Lilie zittern
Zwei Tropfen, rein und rund,
Zerfließen in Eins und rollen
Hinab in des Kelches Grund.

I and you

We dreamed of one another
And woke up from doing so,
We live to love each other,
And sink back into night.
You emerged from my dream,
I emerged from yours,
We die, if one should be lost
Entirely in the other.
Trembling on a lily,
Two drops, pure and round,
Mingle and roll down
Deep into the flower’s chalice.
Translations © by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder.

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Carl August Peter Cornelius was a German composer, writer about music, poet and translator.

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Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist.

Hebbel was born at Wesselburen in Ditmarschen, Holstein, the son of a bricklayer. He was educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. Despite his humble origins, he showed a talent for poetry, resulting in the publication, in the Hamburg Modezeitung, of verses which he had sent to Amalie Schoppe (1791–1858), a popular journalist and author of nursery tales. Through her patronage, he was able to go to the University of Hamburg.

A year later he went to Heidelberg to study law, but gave it up and went on to the University of Munich, where he devoted himself to philosophy, history and literature. In 1839 Hebbel left Munich and walked all the way back to Hamburg, where he resumed his friendship with Elise Lensing, whose self-sacrificing assistance had helped him over the darkest days in Munich. In the same year he wrote his first tragedy, Judith (1840, published 1841), which in the following year was performed in Hamburg and Berlin and made his name known throughout Germany.

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