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On the River

by Franz Schubert From Winter Journey (1827) D911

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Text

On the River
English source: Jeremy Sams

All of your watery music
Your rush and gush and boom
Have shuddered into silence
As silent as the tomb

Now ice as thick as granite
Has muted ev’ry sound
You’re lying cold and lifeless
A corpse upon the ground

The perfect icy surface
To scratch her faithless name
The date when first I met her
The day, the hour I came
And then the day of parting
The final date of all
With other dates on top of these
A wild and whirling scrawl

My god
This frozen river
Is everything I know.
A cold unfeeling surface
With liquid fire below

My god
This frozen river
Is everything I know.
A cold unfeeling surface
With liquid fire below
With liquid fire below

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

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