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Die Drossel (1877)

Die Drossel

Ich will ja nicht in Garten geh'n,
Will liegen sommerlang,
Hör ich die liebe Drossel nur,
Die in dem Busche sang;
Man fängt dem Kind die Drossel ein
Im Käfig sitzt sie dort,
Doch singen will sie nicht und hängt
Ihr Köpfchen immerfort.
Noch einmal blickt das Kind nach ihr
Mit bittendem Gesicht
Da schlägt die Drossel schön und hell
Da glänzt sein Aug' und bricht!

The Thrush

‘I’ve no wish to enter the garden,
I wish to lie here all summer long,
If I can only hear the dear thrush
That sang in the undergrowth!’
The thrush is captured for the child,
There it is in the cage,
But it has no wish to sing, and hangs
Its little head without respite.
Once more the child looks at it
With a pleading expression,
Brightly and beautifully the thrush then sings,
Its eyes gleam—and it dies.

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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Johann Ludwig Uhland, was a German poet, philologist and literary historian.
He was born in Tübingen, Württemberg, and studied jurisprudence at the university there, but also took an interest in medieval literature, especially old German and French poetry. Having graduated as a doctor of laws in 1810, he went to Paris for eight months to continue his studies of poetry; and from 1812 to 1814 he worked as a lawyer in Stuttgart, in the bureau of the minister of justice.

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