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Vom verwundeten Knaben (1858) Op. 14 no.2

Vom verwundeten Knaben

Es wollt ein Mädchen früh aufstehn
Und in den grünen Wald spazieren gehn.
Und als sie nun in den grünen Wald kam
Da fand sie einen verwundten Knab’n.
Der Knab, der war von Blut so rot.
Und als sie sich verwandt, war er schon tot.
Wo krieg ich nun zwei Leidfräulein,
Die mein feins Lieb zu Grabe wein’n?
Wo krieg ich nun sechs Reuterknab’n,
Die mein feins Lieb zu Grabe trag’n?
Wie lang soll ich denn trauern gehn?
Bis alle Wasser zusammen gehn?
Ja alle Wasser gehn nicht zusamm’n,
So wird mein Trauern kein Ende han.

The wounded lad

A girl decided to get up early
And walk into the greenwood.
And when she entered the greenwood
She found a wounded lad.
The lad was covered in blood,
And as she turned to him he was already dead.
Where shall I now find two mourning maidens
To weep my sweetheart to his grave?
Where shall I now find six young squires
To carry my sweetheart to his grave?
How long then must I go on mourning?
Until all rivers dry up?
But all rivers will never dry up,
And so my mourning shall have no end.

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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