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The miller's flowers

by Franz Schubert From The Fair Maid of the Mill (1823) D795 (Op. 25)

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The miller's flowers
English source: Jeremy Sams

Beside the mill, beside the stream
A thousand flowers wink and gleam
The perfect shade, the perfect size
The colour of her perfect eyes
That’s why I love the flowers
That’s why I love the flowers

I long to steal them from the mill
And plant them by her window sill
They’d whisper in her ears and say
‘Forget me not’, by night or day
Tell her, my faithful flowers
Tell her, my faithful flowers

They’d float into her room at night
And stroke her face, and hold her tight
And rock her, ‘til she shuts her eyes
Then sing her scented lullabies
Love her, you lucky flowers
Love her, you lucky flowers

And then to show the day’s begun
She’ll draw her drapes and greet the sun
All eyes are wet as she appears
My flowers with dew, and mine with tears
I'm weeping with my flowers
I'm weeping with my flowers

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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