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Am Strande Op. 23 no.1

Am Strande

Brütend über Wog’ und Klippe,
Die vom Liebsten mich getrennt,
Flehen glühend Herz und Lippe
Für sein Wohl zum Firmament.
Angst ist meiner Seele Meister,
Selten lächelt Hoffnung mir;
Meinen Pfühl umlispeln Geister,
Nennen ihn der fern von hier!
Die ihr nimmer Leid getragen,
Kummerthränen nie geweint,
O wie glänzend euren Tagen,
Goldenhell, die Sonne scheint!
Zieh den Vorhang milder Schlummer,
Holde Träume, lullt mich ein,
Geister, scheucht mir Sorg’ und Kummer,
Plaudert von Herzliebchen mein.

Musing on the Roaring Ocean

Musing on the roaring Ocean,
Which divides my love and me,
Wearing heav’n in warm devotion
For his weal where e’er he be.
Hope and fear’s alternate billow
Yielding late to nature’s law,
Whisp’ring spirits round my pillow
Talk of him that’s far awa!
Ye whom sorrow never wounded,
Ye who never shed a tear,
Care untroubled, joy surrounded,
Gaudy day to you is dear.
Gentle night, do thou befriend me,
Downy sleep, the curtain draw,
Spirits kind again attend me,
Talk of him that’s far awa!

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Sir William Sterndale Bennett (13 April 1816 – 1 February 1875) was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the London Royal Academy of Music (RAM), where he remained for ten years. By the age of twenty, he had begun to make a reputation as a concert pianist, and his compositions received high praise. Among those impressed by Bennett was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, who invited him to Leipzig. There Bennett became friendly with Robert Schumann, who shared Mendelssohn's admiration for his compositions. Bennett spent three winters composing and performing in Leipzig.

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Robert Burns , also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".

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