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Der Mond (1847) Op.86 no.5


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Six Songs (Op.86)


Der Mond

Mein Herz ist wie die dunkle Nacht,
Wenn alle Wipfel rauschen;
Da steigt der Mond in voller Pracht
Aus Wolken sacht,
Und sieh! der Wald verstummt in tiefem Lauschen.
Der Mond, der lichte Mond bist du:
In deiner Liebesfülle
Wirf einen, einen Blick mir zu
Voll Himmelsruh’,
Und sieh! dies ungestüme Herz wird stille.

The Moon

My heart is like the dark night,
When all the tree-tops rustle;
The moon rises in full splendour
Gently from the clouds – and see!
The wood falls silently, raptly listening.
You are the moon, the shining moon:
In the fullness of your love,
Throw me one, one single glance
Of brimming heavenly peace – and see!
This tempestuous heart is soothed.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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Poet

Emanuel von Geibel , German poet and playwright.
He was born at Lübeck, the son of a pastor. He was originally intended for his father's profession and studied at Bonn and Berlin, but his real interests lay not in theology but in classical and romance philology. In 1838 he accepted a tutorship at Athens, where he remained until 1840. In the same year he published, in conjunction with his friend Ernst Curtius, a volume of translations from Greek. His first poems were published in a volume entitled Zeitstimmen in 1841. In 1842 he entered the service of Frederick William IV, the king of Prussia, with an annual stipend of 300 thalers; under whom he produced König Roderich (1843), a tragedy, König Sigurds Brautfahrt (1846), an epic, and Juniuslieder (1848), lyrics in a more spirited and manlier style than his early poems.

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