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Mein Stern

Mein Stern

O du mein Stern,
Schau dich so gern,
Wenn still im Meere die Sonne sinket,
Dein gold’nes Auge so tröstend winket
In meiner Nacht!
O du mein Stern,
Aus weiter Fern’,
Bist du ein Bote mit Liebesgrüßen,
Laß deine Strahlen mich durstig küssen
In banger Nacht.
O du mein Stern,
Verweile gern,
Und lächelnd führ’ auf des Lichts Gefieder
Der Träume Engel dem Freunde wieder
In seine Nacht.

My star

O you my star,
I love to observe you,
When the sun slips quietly into the sea,
And your golden gaze beckons so consolingly
In my night!
O you my star,
From afar
You bring me tidings of love,
Let me passionately kiss your rays
In fearful night.
O you my star,
Linger gladly,
And smilingly on the wings of light
Escort once more the angel of dreams to your friend
In his night.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Clara Schumann, née Clara Josephine Wieck, was a German musician and composer, consider by many to be one of the most disguished composers of the Romantic era. She composed a large body of work, including various piano concertos, chamber works, and choral pieces. She was married to Robert Schumann, and maintained a close relationship with Johannes Brahms.


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