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Sechs Duette

Word count: 281

Song Cycle by Friedrich Wilhelm Grund (1791 - 1874)

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1. Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE FRE ITA NOR NOR RUS RUS RUS UKR

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "A spruce-tree stands alone", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "A fir-tree standing lonesome", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , appears in The Poems of Heine Complete, first published 1861
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , "Song", appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "In northern land a pine-tree"
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 33, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sta un abete solitario", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ein [Fichtenbaum]1 steht einsam
Im Norden auf kahler Höh';
Ihn schläfert; mit weißer Decke
Umhüllen ihn Eis und Schnee.

Er träumt von einer Palme,
Die fern im Morgenland,
Einsam und [schweigend]2 trauert
Auf brennender Felsenwand.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 137.

1 Biegeleben: "Tannenbaum"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Marx: "schweigsam"

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2. Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA POL SPA SWE

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Maiden with the red little mouth", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Fanciulla dalla boccuccia rossa", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Gerardo Garciacano Hinojosa) (Simone von Büren) , "Niña de la boquita roja", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen,
mit den Äuglein süß und klar,
Du mein liebes, kleines Mädchen,
deiner denk' ich immerdar.

Lang ist heut der Winterabend,
und ich möchte bei dir sein,
[bei dir sitzen, mit dir schwatzen]1,
im vertrauten Kämmerlein.

An die Lippen [wollt']2 ich pressen
deine [kleine]3 weiße Hand,
und mit Tränen sie benetzen,
deine [kleine, weiße]4 Hand.


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1 Dresel: "mit dir schwatzen, mit dir kosen"
2 Dresel: "möcht"
3 Dresel: "liebe"
4 Dresel: "weiße, liebe"

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3. Mag da draußen Schnee sich türmen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS RUS SPA

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Song", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (J. Wrey Mould)
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mag da draußen Schnee sich türmen,
Mag es hageln, mag es stürmen,
Klirrend [an mein Fenster]1 schlagen,
Nimmer will ich mich beklagen!
Denn ich trage in der Brust
Liebchens Bild und Frühlingslust.


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1 Raff: "mir ans Fenster"

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4. Die Welt ist so schön und der Himmel so blau [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CZE ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE SWE

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Die Welt ist so schön und der Himmel so blau,
Und die Lüfte die wehen so lind und so lau,
Und die Blumen winken auf blühender Au,
Und funkeln und glitzern im Morgentau,
Und die Menschen jubeln, wohin ich schau, --
Und doch möcht ich im Grabe liegen,
Und mich an mein totes Liebchen schmiegen.


Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 135.


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5. Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondlied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "When I lie on the bed", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Cuando estoy tumbando en el campo", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege
In Nacht [und Kissen]1 gehüllt,
So schwebt mir vor ein süßes,
Anmutig liebes Bild!

Wenn mir der stille Schlummer
Geschlossen die Augen kaum,
So schleicht [das Bild sich leise]2
Hinein in meinen Traum

[Doch]3 mit dem Traum des Morgens
Zerrinnt es nimmermehr;
Dann trag' ich es im Herzen
Den ganzen Tag umher.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine's Sämmtliche Werke, Erster Band: Reisebilder, Dritte Auflage, Philadelphia: Verlag von John Weik, 1856, pages 29-30.

1 omitted by Mendelssohn
2 Lang: "das liebe Bild"
3 Lang: "Und"

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6. Herz, mein Herz, sei nicht beklommen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA RUS RUS

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Heart, my heart, don't be oppressed", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Cuore, cuore mio, non essere angosciato", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Herz, mein Herz, sei nicht beklommen,
und ertrage dein Geschick,
neuer Frühling gibt zurück,
was der Winter dir genommen.

Und wie viel ist dir geblieben,
und wie schön ist noch die Welt!
Und, mein Herz, was dir gefällt,
alles, alles darfst du lieben!


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