What are some sisterly songs



The Georgine (1883) Op. 10 no.4

The georgine

Hermann von Gilm

Why so late, Georgine?
The rose tale is told
And the bee is fed up with honey
Your bed selected for slumber.
Aren't these nights too cold for you?
How do you live these days?
If I brought you spring now
If I wet you with Maitau
Shower yourself with June light,
But alas! then you wouldn't be the last
Neither is the proud only one.
How, dreamer, do I lock in vain?
Hand in my sisterly hand
I have May day of this life
As you didn’t know spring;
And late like you, you fire yellow
Love stole into my heart;
Whether it's late or early, it's the same
Delight and the same pain.

The Dahlia

English Translation © Richard Stokes

Why, dahlia, appear so late?
The roses have told their tale
Has chosen where to lay its head.
Are these nights not too cold for you?
How do you survive these days?
What if I brought you springtime now,
You fiery yellow dreamer?
What if I watered you with May dew,
Drenched you in the light of June,
But ah! you would not be then the last,
What, O dreamer, do I tempt you in vain?
Then give me your sisterly hand,
I've not known May-time in this life,
Just as you've not known the spring.
And as with you, fiery yellow flower,
Love stole late into my heart,
Late or early, it is the same
Enchantment and the same pain.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, songs, and tone poems.

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