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The Town

by Franz Schubert From Swansong (1828) D957

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Text

The Town
English source: Jeremy Sams

Just there on the horizon,
That misty, distant glow
All shimmering in the twilight
The town I used to know

A ghostly breeze from nowhere
Disturbed the slate-grey sea
With each of my boatman’s oar-strokes
The town came nearer to me

The sun I thought had vanished
Suddenly shone once again
And lit the place precisely
Where once I loved, loved in vain.

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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