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Allerseelen

 

Exceptionally moving and emotive performance.  Original and pure genial.

Allerseelen

Stell auf den Tisch die duftenden Reseden,
Die letzten roten Astern trag herbei,
Und la uns wieder von der Liebe reden,
Wie einst im Mai.

Gib mir die Hand, da ich sie heimlich drcke
Und wenn man’s sieht, mir ist es einerlei,
Gib mir nur einen deiner s en Blicke,
Wie einst im Mai.

Es blht und funkelt heut auf jedem Grabe,
Ein Tag im Jahr ist ja den Toten frei,
Komm an mein Herz, da  ich dich wieder habe,
Wie einst im Mai.

 

All Souls’ Day

Bring in the mignonettes’ fragrant spires,
the last red asters on the table lay,
and let again us speak of love’s desires,
like once in May.

Give me your hand in furtive, sweet advances –
if people see it, mind not what they say:
Give me just one of your delighting glances,
like once in May.

Today the graves are full of lights and flowers,
one day a year the dead shall hold their sway:
Spend on my heart again those lovely hours,
like once in May.

 

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Author:

"If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive. Being at a loss to resolve these questions, I am resolved to leave them without any resolution." I have so much to say to you that I am afraid I shall tell you nothing."

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