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Sapphische Ode (1884) Op. 94 no.4

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Fünf Lieder (Op. 94)

Sapphische Ode

Rosen brach ich nachts mir am dunklen Hage,
Süßer hauchten Duft sie, als je am Tage;
Doch verstreuten reich die bewegten Äste
Tau, der mich näßte.
Auch der Küsse Duft mich wie nie berückte,
Die ich nachts vom Strauch deiner Lippen pflückte;
Doch auch dir, bewegt im Gemüt gleich jenen,
Tauten die Tränen.

Sapphische Ode

I gathered roses from the dark hedge by night,
The fragrance they breathed was sweeter than by day;
But when I moved the branches, they showered
Me with dew.
And the fragrant kisses thrilled me as never before,
When I gathered them from your rose-bush lips by night;
But you too, moved in your heart like those roses,
Shed the dew of tears.

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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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