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Steig auf, geliebter Schatten (1884) Op. 94 no.2


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Fünf Lieder (Op. 94)


Steig auf, geliebter Schatten

Steig auf, geliebter Schatten,
Vor mir in toter Nacht
Und lab mich Todesmatten
Mit deiner Nähe Macht!
Du hast’s gekonnt im Leben,
Du kannst es auch im Tod.
Sich nicht dem Schmerz ergeben,
War immer dein Gebot.
So komm! Still’ meine Tränen,
Gib meiner Seele Schwung,
Und Kraft dem welken Sehnen,
Und mach’ mich wieder jung.

Rise up before me, beloved shadow

Rise up before me, beloved shade,
At the dead of night,
And revive me, wearied to death,
By the power of your presence!
You could do it in life,
You can in death as well.
Never yield to sorrow,
Was always your command.
Come then! Dry my tears,
Exhilarate my soul
And strengthen my shrivelled limbs
And make me young again.

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Baron Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen (German: Eligius Franz Joseph Freiherr von Münch-Bellinghausen) was an Austrian dramatist, poet and novella writer of the Austrian Biedermeier period and beyond, and is more generally known under his pseudonym Friedrich Halm.
He was the son of a district judge at Kraków in Poland, at this time part of the Austrian Empire. Early in his literary career he adopted the nom de plume of Friedrich Halm ("Halm" means a blade of grass or a blade of straw), and became one of the most popular dramatists in Vienna around the middle of the 19th century. His novellas are now regarded as more significant from a literary point of view than his dramatic writings.

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