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Antwort (1854)

Antwort

Das Röschen, das du mir geschickt,
Von deiner lieben Hand gepflückt,
Es lebte kaum zum Abendrot,
Das Heimweh gab ihm frühen Tod;
Nun schwebet gleich sein Geist von hier
Als kleines Lied zurück zu dir.

Answer

The little rose you sent me,
Picked by your own dear hand,
Hardly lived till dusk,
Homesickness caused its early death;
Its spirit now floats away from here
Back to you as a little song.

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Composer

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. A musical prodigy, he gave his first concert at only 10 years old, before studying at the Paris Conservatoire.

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Poet

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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