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Bei dir sind meine Gedanken (1883) Op. 95 no.2

Bei dir sind meine Gedanken

Bei dir sind meine Gedanken
Und flattern um dich her;
Sie sagen, sie hätten Heimweh,
Hier litt’ es sie nicht mehr.
Bei dir sind meine Gedanken
Und wollen von dir nicht fort;
Sie sagen, das wär’ auf Erden
Der allerschönste Ort.
Sie sagen, unlösbar hielte
Dein Zauber sie festgebannt;
Sie hätten an deinen Blicken
Die Flügel sich verbrannt.

My Thoughts Are With You

My thoughts are with you
And flutter around you;
They say they are homesick,
They are no longer wanted here.
My thoughts are with you
And do not wish to leave you;
They say that this is the loveliest
Place on earth.
They say that your magic
Holds them inescapably in thrall;
That they have scorched their wings
On your glances.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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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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