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Now I Have Fed and Eaten Up the Rose (1972) Op. 45 no.1

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Three Songs (Op. 45)

Now I Have Fed and Eaten Up the Rose

Now have I fed and eaten up the rose
Which then she laid within my stiffcold hand.
That I should ever feed upon a rose
I never had believed in liveman’s land.
Only I wonder was it white or red
The flower that in the darkness my food has been.
Give us, and if Thou give, thy daily bread,
Deliver us from evil, Lord, Amen.
Text - original German -
Gottfried Keller (1819-1890),
trans. James Joyce (1882-1941)

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. 

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