Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau

[Nikolaus Lenau] (25 August 1802 - 22 August 1850 / Schadat)

Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau
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Nikolaus Lenau was the nom de plume of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau (25 August 1802, Schadat, near Temesvár, Hungary – 22 August 1850, Oberdöbling, near Vienna), a German language Austrian poet.

Biography

He was born at Schadat, now Lenauheim, Romania. His father, a Habsburg government official, died in 1807 in Budapest, leaving his children in the care of their mother, who remarried in 1811. In 1819 Nikolaus went to the University of Vienna; he subsequently studied Hungarian law at Pozsony (Bratislava) and then spent the next four years qualifying himself in medicine. Unable to settle down to any profession, he began writing verse. The disposition to ... more »

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Sedge Songs

I

In the west the sun departing
Leaves the weary day asleep,
And the willows trail their streamers
In these waters still and deep.

Flow, my bitter tears, flow ever;
All I love I leave behind;
Sadly whisper here the willows,
And the reed shakes in the wind.

Into my deep lonely sufferings
Tenderly you shine afar,
As athwart these reeds and rushes
Trembles soft yon evening star.

II

Oft at eve I love to saunter
Where the sedge sighs drearily,
By entangled hidden footpaths,
Love! and then I think of thee.

When the woods ...

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