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Language: German (Deutsch)

Das war ein Tag voll Maienwind,
Da ist auf blauen Wogen
Zu Nonnenwörth ein Grafenkind
Gar lenzhold eingezogen.

Die war geheißen Irmingard;
Ich sah es, wie der Bangen
Kränzlein und Schleier eigen ward ...
Die Nonnen alle sangen.

Ihr aber fielen die Tränen drauf,
Die barg ich lang im Sinne;
Nun gingen sie mir im Herzen auf
Als Knospen süßer Minne.

Translation(s): CAT ENG

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L’abadia de Frauenwörth", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Frauenwörth", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-10-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:32
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

That was a day full of the winds of May,
There, upon blue waves,
A duke's child entered the nunnery,
[She was] as utterly lovely as spring.

She was called Irmingard;
I saw, how the apprehensive one
Was outfitted with wreath and veil . . .
All the nuns sang.

But her tears fell upon [wreath and veil],
[Tears,] which I long harboured in my spirit;
Now they have sprouted within my heart
As buds of sweet love.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885), "Frauenwörth", appears in Hochland-lieder, in Eliland: ein Sang vom Chiemsee, in 2. Reicher Fund, no. 2, first published 1879 CAT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Attenhofer, Reinhold Becker, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Franz Dannehl, Alexander von Fielitz, Ludwig Kindscher, Carl Orff, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Ludwig Stollbrock, Oskar Wermann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-03-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 78