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Der Garten des Herzens

Der Garten des Herzens

In meines Herzens Mitte blüht ein Gärtchen,
Verschlossen ist es durch ein kleines Pförtchen,
Zu dem den Schlüssel führt mein liebes Mädchen.
Es ist April, komm, wolle dich nicht schämen,
Und pflücke dir heraus die liebsten Blumen!
Sie drängen sich entgegen deinen Händen.
Je mehr du pflückst, je mehr sie wieder sprossen,
Doch willst du unberührt sie blühen lassen,
So werden sie vor ihrer Zeit vertrocknen.

The garden of the heart

There is a little garden deep in my heart,
Closed by a narrow little gate,
To which my sweetheart holds the key.
It is April. Come, be not ashamed,
And pluck the loveliest flowers for yourself,
They stretch out towards your hands.
The more you pluck, the more they shoot up again;
Yet if you leave them to bloom unheeded,
They will wither before their time.

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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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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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