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Frühlingslied (1849) Op. 79 no.18

Part of a series or song cycle:

Lieder-Album für die Jugend (Op. 79)


Schneeglöckchen klingen wieder,
Schneeglöckchen bringen wieder
Uns heitre Tag, und Lieder.
Wie läuten sie so schön
Im Tal und auf den Höhn:
Der König ziehet ein,
Der König ist erschienen.
Ihr sollt ihm treulich dienen
Mit heitrem Blick und Mienen,
O laßt den König ein.
Er kommt vom Sterngefilde
Und führt in seinem Schilde
Die Güte nur und Milde.
Er trägt die Freud und Lust
Als Stern an seiner Brust,
Ist gnädig jedermann,
Den Herren und den Knechten,
Den Guten und den Schlechten,
Den Bösen und Gerechten,
Sieht alle liebreich an.
Ihr aber fragt und wißt es,
Und wer’s auch weiß, vergißt es,
Der König Frühling ist es.
Entgegen ihm mit Sang,
Mit Saitenspiel und Klang!
Der König ziehet ein,
Der König ist erschienen.
Ihr sollt ihm treulich dienen
Mit heitrem Blick und Mienen,
O laßt den König ein!

Spring Song

Snowdrops sound their bells again,
Snowdrops bring back again
Our happy days and songs.
How beautifully they peal
In the valley and on the hills:
The king is marching in!
The king is here again,
You should serve him faithfully
With cheerful gaze and countenance:
O let the king enter in!
He comes from the starry spheres,
And the only things he has in mind
Are gentleness and kindness;
The star on his breast
Is the star of happiness and joy;
He is gracious to everyone,
To gentlemen and servants,
To the good and the bad,
To the wicked and the just—
On all he turns a loving eye.
But you ask and you know,
And whoever knows forgets,
This monarch is the spring.
Go to him with song
And the playing of strings!
The king is marching in,
The king is here again,
You should serve him faithfully
With cheerful gaze and countenance:
O let the king enter in!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as KinderszenenAlbum für die JugendBlumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to amental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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