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Das Waldschloß

Das Waldschloß

Wo noch kein Wand’rer gegangen,
Hoch über Jäger und Ross
Die Felsen abendrot hangen,
Als wie ein Wolkenschloss.
Dort, zwischen Zinnen und Spitzen,
Von wilden Nelken umblüht,
Die schönen Waldfrauen sitzen
Und singen im Wind ihr Lied.
Der Jäger schaut nach dem Schlosse:
„Die droben, das ist mein Lieb!“
Er sprang vom schäumenden Rosse,
Weiss keiner, wo er blieb.

The forest castle

Where no wanderer has ever been,
High above huntsman and horse,
Where the cliffs at sunset
Look like a castle of cloud—
There, between battlements and spires,
Surrounded by carnations in bloom,
The lovely forest women sit,
Singing their songs in the wind.
The hunter looks at the castle:
That’s my sweetheart up there!—
He leapt from his foaming horse,
No one knows where he went.

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a German poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, translator, and anthologist. Eichendorff was one of the major writers and critics of Romanticism. Ever since their publication and up to the present day, some of his works have been very popular in Germany.

Eichendorff first became famous for his novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing, a typical romantic novella, whose main themes are wanderlust and love. The protagonist, the son of a miller, rejects his father's trade and becomes a gardener at a Viennese palace where he subsequently falls in love with the local duke's daughter. As, with his lowly status, she is unattainable for him, he escapes to Italy - only to return and learn that she is the duke's adopted daughter, and thus within his social reach. With its combination of dream world and realism, Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing is considered to be a high point of Romantic fiction. One critic stated that "Eichendorff’s 'Good-For-Nothing' is the "personification of love of nature and an obsession with hiking." Thomas Mann called Eichendorff's Good-For-Nothing a combination of "the purity of the folk song and the fairy tale."

Many of Eichendorff's poems were first published as integral parts of his novellas and stories, where they are often performed in song by one of the protagonists. The novella Good-For-Nothing alone contains 54 poems.

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