Schlaflied

written by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer

Schlaflied

— Johann Baptist Mayrhofer

Es mahnt der Wald, es ruft der Strom:
'Du liebes Bübchen, zu uns komm!'
Der Knabe kommt, und staunt, und weilt,
Und ist von jedem Schmerz geheilt.

Aus Büschen flötet Wachtelschlag,
Mit irren Farben spielt der Tag;
Auf Blümchen rot, auf Blümchen blau
Erglänzt des Himmels feuchter Tau.

Ins frische Gras legt er sich hin,
Läßt über sich die Wolken ziehn,
An seine Mutter angeschmiegt,
Hat ihn der Traumgott eingewiegt.

About the poet


Johann Baptist Mayrhofer

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert. Biography Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began to study Jurisprudence and Theology at the University of Vienna, both of which courses he finished. In 1814 he met the young composer Franz Schubert and his friends (Joseph von Spaun, Franz von Schober). Mayrhofer wrote a lot of lyric poetry and published it in 1824.47 Schubert songs and two of his operas are based on Mayrhofer’s lyric poems. As a young man Mayrhofer had been hopelessly in love with Mina (Wilhelmina Watteroth), the daughter of Heinrich Watteroth, who was one...

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