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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich sah den Lenz einmal
[Erblühn]1 im schönsten Tal;
Ich sah der Liebe Licht
Im schönsten Angesicht.

Und wandl' ich nun allein
Im Frühling durch den Hain,
Erscheint aus jedem Strauch
Ihr Angesicht mir auch.

Und seh ich sie am Ort
Wo längst der Frühling fort,
So sprießt ein Lenz und schallt
Um ihre süße Gestalt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Gänsbacher, Krinninger: "Erwacht"; further changes may exist not shown above for Krinninger.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Love's Spring", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Printemps de l'amour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38

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Word count: 56

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Love's Spring

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I saw the Spring once
blossoming in the loveliest valley;
I saw the light of live
in the most beautiful face.

And when I walk alone now
through the grove in Spring,
in every bush
her face appears to me too.

And when I see her in a place
that Spring has long since abandoned,
then a new Spring sprouts and praises resoundingly
her sweet form.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), "Liebesfrühling", appears in Gedichte, in 4. Viertes Buch, in Liebesklänge FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Averkamp, Carl Banck, Alfred Julius Becher, Max Joseph Beer, Eduard Behm, Leopold Damrosch, Robert Franz, Joseph Gänsbacher, Josef Hofmann, Carl Israël, Friedrich Gustav Jansen, Franz Krinninger, Julius Lammers, Bruno Ramann, Hans Michael Schletterer, Othmar Schoeck, Ferdinand Sieber, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38

Line count: 12
Word count: 66