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Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter

by Johannes Brahms From Neue Liebeslieder (1874) Op. 65

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Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter
German source: Georg Friedrich Daumer

Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter,
weil ich gar so trübe bin.
Sie hat recht, die Rose sinket,
so wie ich, entblättert hin.

My mother pins roses on me
English translation © Richard Stokes

My mother pins roses on me,
because I am so distressed.
She’s right to do so: the rose withers,
when stripped of leaves, like me.

Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter
German source: Georg Friedrich Daumer

My mother pins roses on me
English source: Richard Stokes

Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter,
My mother pins roses on me,
weil ich gar so trübe bin.
because I am so distressed.
Sie hat recht, die Rose sinket,
She’s right to do so: the rose withers,
so wie ich, entblättert hin.
when stripped of leaves, like me.

Composer

Johannes Brahms

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…

Poet

Georg Friedrich Daumer

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.

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