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Die Rosenblätter

Die Rosenblätter

Wirf Rosenblätter in die Flut,
sie ist so spiegelglatt.
Ich fische sie mit meinem Hut
und küsse jedes Blatt.
Und streust du Blätter auf das Meer,
so schaust du selbst hinein,
dann schwimmen zwischen ihnen her
vier volle Röselein.
Die Wangen und die Lippen dein,
sie mein' ich alle vier.
Ach schwämmen diese Röselein
doch auch heran zu mir.

The rose-petals

Throw rose-petals in the water,
It is as smooth as glass.
And I’ll fish for them with my hat
And kiss each petal.
And if you strew petals on the sea,
You yourself will look in,
Four fully blown rosebuds
Will then float towards you.
Your cheeks and your lips
Are the four I mean.
Ah, if only these rosebuds
Would float towards me.

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Composer

Giacomo Meyerbeer was a German opera composer of Jewish birth who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century.


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Poet

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller was a German lyric poet.
Wilhelm Müller was born on October 7, 1794 at Dessau, the son of a tailor. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native town and at the University of Berlin, where he devoted himself to philological and historical studies. In 1813-1814 he took part, as a volunteer in the Prussian army, in the national rising against Napoleon. He participated in the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Hanau and Kulm. In 1814 he returned to his studies at Berlin. From 1817 to 1819, he visited southern Germany and Italy, and in 1820 published his impressions of the latter in Rom, Römer und Römerinnen. In 1819, he was appointed teacher of classics in the Gelehrtenschule at Dessau, and in 1820 librarian to the ducal library. He remained there the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack aged only 32.

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