16. "Du sollst der kaiser meine seele sein."

You SHALL be the EMPEROR of my heart

 Bronwen Stephens-Harding & Guy Murgatroyd

I know a country that has no barriers
I know a realm in which do grow
a thousand tender thoughts
in my love's rose garden

This is the country I live in.
This is the kingdom I give to you
On whose throne I now elevate you
Is my heart's free state

You, you, you shall be the emperor of my soul
You, you, you shall wear the purple all alone
You, you, you shall wield the sceptre
You, you, only you shall reign within
You, you, move in there as the winner!

When you love me, as reward
Your crown will reside in my heart
And you shall rule freely on golden throne
Made by my love for you
You are my emperor, who I choose
And your wishes are my commands
Obeyed will you be by my soul
Which I entrust wholly to you
You, you, you shall be the emperor of my soul
You, you, you shall wear the purple all alone
You, you, you shall wield the sceptre
You, you, only you shall reign within
You, you, move in there as the winner!

Robert Stolz was a prolific Austrian composer who died in 1975.  He wrote a few operetta's but was most famous for his film and cabaret music. This ode to 'The Emperor of my soul' is from a hardly performed operetta - Der Favourit - which has found life outside of the work as a concert piece.

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