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Die Wellen blinken und fließen dahin

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Wellen blinken und fließen dahin,
Es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze!
Am Flusse sitzet die Schäferin 
Und windet die zärtlichsten Kränze.

[ Das knospet und quillt und duftet und blüht,]1
es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze!
Die Schäferin seufzt aus [tiefer Brust]2:
»Wem geb' ich meine Kränze?«

Ein Reiter reitet den Fluß entlang,
er grüßet so blühenden Mutes,
die Schäferin schaut ihm nach so bang,
fern flattert die Feder des Hutes.

Sie weint und wirft in den gleitenden Fluß
die schönen Blumenkränze.
Die Nachtigall singt von Lieb' und Kuß,
es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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1 In later editions, Heine changed this to "Das knospet und quillt, mit duftender Lust" (The budding, the streaming, with joyous, wafting fragrances). Stanford uses this.
2 In the first edition, Heine had: "vollem Gemüt"; but in later editions he changed it to "tiefer Brust".

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The waves flash and flow in", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'amour est si doux au printemps !", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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L'amour est si doux au printemps !

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Les vagues brillent et coulent là-bas,
L'amour est si doux au printemps !
Près de la rivière la bergère est assis
Et tresse les délicates couronnes.

Cela bourgeonne, pousse, exhale et fleurit.
L'amour est si doux au printemps !
La bergère soupire au fond de son cœur ;
« À qui vais-je donner mes couronnes ? »

Un cavalier arrive le long de la rivière,
Il la salue avec une joie rayonnante,
La bergère le regarde approcher, si inquiète.
Au loin la plume s'envole de son chapeau.

Elle pleure et lance dans la rivière qui glisse
Ces jolies couronnes de fleurs ;
Le rossignol chante amour et baisers
L'amour est si doux au printemps !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Frühling", appears in Neue Gedichte, in Romanzen, no. 13, first published 1839 DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Károly Aggházy, Carl Banck, Rudolf Bella, Johannes Brahms, Leopold Damrosch, August Enna, Don Forsythe, Robert Franz, Gerald M. Ginsburg, Ferdinand Gumbert, Friedrich Hinrichs, Andrés Isasi Linares, Alexander Petrovich Koptiajeff, Nanna Liebmann, Alfred von Lindheim, jun., Alexander Campbell MacKenzie, Sir, Émile Louis Victor Mathieu, Rudolf Philipp, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Wilhelm Stehle, Julius von Stockhausen, Wilhelm Taubert, Alfred Tofft, Joh. C. Visser, Karl Vollweiler. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-10-18.
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