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Der Tag wird kühl

Der Tag wird kühl

Der Tag wird kühl, der Tag wird blaß,
die Vögel streifen übers Gras;
Schau, wie die Halme schwanken
Von ihrer Flügel Wanken
Und leise wehn ohn' Unterlaß.
Und Abends spät die Liebe weht
ob meines Herzens Rosenbeet.
Die Zweige flüstern und beben,
und holde Gedanken weben
sich in mein heimlich Nachtgebet.
Du fernes Herz, komm zu mir bald,
sonst werden mir Beide grau und alt,
sonst wächs’t in meinem Herzen
viel Unkraut, Dorn, und Schmerzen -
Die Nacht ist lang, die Nacht wird kalt!

The day grows cool

The day grows cool, the day grows pale,
The birds skim over the grass;
See how their stalks sway
From the reeling of the birds’ wings
And waft softly without cease.
And love late each evening blows
Over the rose-bed of my heart.
Boughs whisper and quiver,
And precious thoughts
Weave secretly into my nightly prayer.
O faraway heart, come to me soon,
Else we shall both grow grey and old,
Else my heart will overflow
With weeds, thorns and agonies –
The night is long, the night grows cold!

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Composer

Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Poet

Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in Berlin and Die Krokodile in Munich, he wrote novels, poetry, 177 short stories, and about sixty dramas. The sum of Heyse's many and varied productions made him a dominant figure among German men of letters. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910 "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." Wirsen, one of the Nobel judges, said that "Germany has not had a greater literary genius since Goethe." Heyse is the fifth oldest laureate in literature, after Doris Lessing, Theodor Mommsen, Alice Munro and Jaroslav Seifert.
 

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