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Du milchjunger Knabe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du milchjunger Knabe,
Wie siehst du mich an?
Was haben deine Augen
Für eine Frage getan!

Alle Ratsherrn in der Stadt
Und alle Weisen der Welt
Bleiben stumm auf die Frage,
Die deine Augen gestellt!

Ein leeres Schneckhäusel,
Schau, liegt dort im Gras:
Da halte dein Ohr dran,
Drin brümmelt dir was!

Translation(s): ENG FRE TUR

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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)

Set in a modified version by Johannes Brahms.

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

  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , title 1: "Sen toy delikanlı", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "You barely-weaned boy", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Toi, garçon à peine sevré", published 1892, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-02-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:07
Line count: 12
Word count: 52

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Toi, garçon à peine sevré

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

Toi, garçon à peine sevré,
Comment me regardes-tu ?
Qu'est-ce que tes yeux
Ont à demander !

Tous les conseillers de la ville
Et tous les sages du monde
Restent muets devant la question
Que tes yeux ont posée !

Un coquillage vide,
Regarde, gît dans l'herbe là-bas :
Pose ton oreille contre lui,
Dedans il y a un murmure !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Gottfried Keller (1819 - 1890), "Du milchjunger Knabe", appears in Neuere Gedichte, in Vermischte Gedichte, in Alte Weisen, no. 3 ENG TUR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert Fischhof, Max Oberleithner, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Franz Philipp, Richard Schweizer, Christian Sinding, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Otto Vrieslander, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-11-12.
Last modified: 2014-11-12 11:00:06
Line count: 12
Word count: 61