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Jag är ett träd

Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Jag är ett träd, som lofvat godt och säkert hållit vid,
om storm ej plundrat mig på blad midt i min sommars tid.

Nu sträcker nakna grenar jag förtviflad opp mot skyn,
fast allt omkring bär sommarns färg och ter en härlig syn.

O, när skall jag mig dölja få, när unnas jag att dö?
O, hvad jag längtar efter dig, du kalla, hvita snö!

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER GER

List of language codes

Confirmed with Ernst Josephson, Svarta Rosor och Gula, C. & E. Gernandts Förlags Aktiebolag, Stockholm, 1901, page 132.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Herbert Harper) , "The tree"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Minä olen puu", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je suis un arbre", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Theobald Rehbaum) , "Der kahle Baum"

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

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Je suis un arbre

Language: French (Français) after the Swedish (Svenska)

J'étais un arbre plein de promesses et assuré de durer longtemps
Si la tempête ne m'avait dépouillé de mes feuilles, au beau milieu de mon été.

À présent j'étale mes branches dénudées vers les nuages, avec désespoir,
Quand alentour presque tout porte les couleurs de l'été, et offre un spectacle magnifique.

Ô, quand pourrai-je me dissimuler, quand m'accordera-t-on de mourir ?
Ô, comme je me languis de toi, toi blanche et froide neige !

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