German poet, orientalist, and polyglot Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866) wrote a series of more than 400 of these Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) after two of his own children, among them his only daughter, died within two weeks from scarlet fever. A few of these poems were later set to music by Gustav Mahler. Many of them resemble oriental poetic forms; this one follows the layout of the persian Ghasel. This is because besides being a poet, Rückert was also one of the founders of oriental studies in Germany. Apart from German, Rückert knew the amazing number of 44 languages, including such diverse as Swedish, Italian, Arabic, Telugu, and Hawaiian.