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Wiegenlied

by Franz Schubert

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Wiegenlied
German source: Körner, Theodor

Schlumm’re sanft! Noch an dem Mutterherzen 
Fühlst du nicht des Lebens Qual und Lust; 
Deine Träume kennen keine Schmerzen, 
Deine Welt ist deiner Mutter Brust.

Ach! wie süss träumt man die frühen Stunden, 
Wo man von der Mutterliebe lebt;
Die Erinnerung ist mir verschwunden, 
Ahnung bleibt es nur, die mich durchbebt. 

Cradle song
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Slumber softly! Still in your mother’s arms 
you do not feel life’s joy and torment. 
Your dreams know no sorrows;
your whole world is your mother’s breast.

Ah, how sweetly we dream in those early hours 
when we live by our mother’s love;
my memory of them has faded;
just an impression remains to thrill through me.

Wiegenlied
German source: Körner, Theodor

Cradle song
English source: Richard Wigmore

Schlumm’re sanft! Noch an dem Mutterherzen 
Slumber softly! Still in your mother’s arms 
Fühlst du nicht des Lebens Qual und Lust; 
you do not feel life’s joy and torment. 
Deine Träume kennen keine Schmerzen, 
Your dreams know no sorrows;
Deine Welt ist deiner Mutter Brust.
your whole world is your mother’s breast.

Ach! wie süss träumt man die frühen Stunden, 
Ah, how sweetly we dream in those early hours 
Wo man von der Mutterliebe lebt;
when we live by our mother’s love;
Die Erinnerung ist mir verschwunden, 
my memory of them has faded;
Ahnung bleibt es nur, die mich durchbebt. 
just an impression remains to thrill through me.

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…

Poet

Körner, Theodor

Karl Theodor Körner  was a German poet and soldier. After some time in Vienna, where he wrote some light comedies and other works for the Burgtheater, he became a soldier and joined the Lützow Free Corps in the German uprising against Napoleon.…

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