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Glockenblumen, was läutet ihr?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Glockenblumen, was läutet ihr?
Wer ist im Walde gestorben?
Oder wißt ihr, daß heimlich hier
Liebe um Liebe geworben?

Wißt ihr's, wohin auf dem einsamen [Gang]1
Schritt und Gedanken mir streben?
[Glocken]2, ich höre nicht euren Klang,
Seh' euch nur schwingen und schweben.

Lauschenden Blättern denn läutet es aus,
Klinget wie Harfen und Psalmen,
Meldet's im Grünen von Haus zu Haus
Bäumen und Büschen und Halmen.

Liebe macht selig wie nichts in der Welt,
Lachen [könnt']3 ich und weinen,
Glücklichste ich unterm Himmelszelt,
Blumen, -- ich liebe Einen!

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Confirmed with Der wilde Jäger. Eine Waidmannsmär von Julius Wolff, Berlin: G. Grote’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1889, page 67.

1 Greger: "Pfad"
2 Greger: "Blumen"
3 Greger: "möcht'"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2008-01-16.
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Canterbury bells, why do you toll?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Canterbury bells, why do you toll?
Who has died in the forest?
Or do you know that secretly here
Love wooed love?

Do you know whither on the solitary [walk]1
My steps and thoughts are striving?
[Bells]2, I do not hear your sound,
I only see you swinging and swaying.

Ring it out to the listening leaves,
Resound like harps and psalms,
Proclaim it in the greenery from house to house
To trees and bushes and grass blades.

Love makes one happy like nothing else in the world,
I [could]3 laugh and weep,
I am the happiest under the canopy of heaven,
Flowers, -- I love Someone!

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Translated titles:
"Glockenblumen, was läutet ihr?" = "Canterbury bells, why do you toll?"
"Waldtrauts Lied" = "Waldtraut’s Song"
"Glockenblumen" = "Canterbury bells"
1 Greger: "pathway"
2 Greger: "Flowers"
3 Greger: "would like to"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910), no title, appears in Der wilde Jäger: Eine Waidmannsmär, first published 1877
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Borie Bohlen, Carl Bohm, Charlotte von Bülow, Hans Dütschke, Ernst Frank, Ludwig Gellert, Carl Goldmark, Luise Greger, Max Gulbins, Gustav Gutheil, Alfred Heitsch, Franz Helbig, M. Hobbing, Marie Charlotte Henriette von Kehler, Friedrich [Fritz] Kirchner, Arno Kleffel, Friedrich August Naubert, Arthur Nikisch, Heinrich Rietsch, Ferdinand Rimon, Otto Schmidt, Paul Schumacher, Richard Senff, Ferdinand Sieber, Ernst Simon, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Hans Spielmann, Hermann Spielter, Fritz Steinbach, Wilhelm Sturm, Paul Umlauft, Bruno Walter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-12-05.
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