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Spinnelied (1849) Op. 79 no.24

Part of a series or song cycle:

Lieder-Album für die Jugend (Op. 79)


Spinn, spinn, Mägdlein, spinn!
So wachsen dir die Sinn;
Wachsen dir die gelben Haar,
Kommen dir die klugen Jahr!
Spinn, spinn, Mägdlein, spinn!
Sing, sing, Mägdlein, sing,
Und sei fein guter Ding;
Fang dein Spinnen lustig an,
Mach ein frommes End daran.
Sing, sing, Mägdlein, sing!
Lern, lern, Mägdlein, lern,
So hast du Glück und Stern;
Lerne bei dem Spinnen fort
Gottesfurcht und Gotteswort.
Lern, lern, Mägdlein, lern!
Lob, lob, Mägdlein, lob,
Dem Schöpfer halte Prob;
Daß dir Glaub und Hoffnung wachs
Wie dein Garn und wie dein Flachs.
Lob, lob, Mägdlein, lob!
Dank, dank, Mägdlein, dank,
Dem Herrn, daß du nicht krank,
Daß du kannst fein oft und viel
Treiben dieses Rockenspiel.
Dank, dank, Mägdlein, dank!

Spinning Song

Spin, spin, maiden, spin!
Then your wits will grow,
And when your blonde hair grows,
Your years of wisdom will come.
Spin, spin, maiden, spin!
Sing, sing, maiden, sing,
And be of good cheer,
Start your spinning cheerily,
Conclude it dutifully,
Sing, sing, maiden, sing!
Learn, learn, maiden, learn,
Then fortune will smile on you;
Learn, as you spin,
The fear of God and God’s word.
Learn, learn, maiden, learn!
Praise, praise, maiden, praise,
Rehearse for your Creator,
So your faith and hope might grow
Like your yarn and like your flax.
Praise, praise, maiden, praise!
Thank, thank, maiden, thank
The Lord you are not sick,
That you can work this distaff
Many a time and oft.
Thank, thank, maiden, thank!
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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