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Als ich nun zum ersten Male

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Als ich nun zum ersten Male
Wieder durch den Garten ging,
Busch und Bächlein in dem Thale
Lustig an zu plaudern fing.

  Blumen halbverstohlen blickten
Neckend aus dem Gras heraus,
Bunte Schmetterlinge schickten
Sie sogleich auf Kundschaft aus.

  Auch der Kuckuck in den Zweigen
Fand sich bald zum Spielen ein,
Endlich brach der Baum das Schweigen:
"Warum kommst du heut allein?"

  Da ich aber schwieg, da rührt' er
Wunderbar sein dunkles Haupt,
Und ein Flüstern konnt' ich spüren
Zwischen Vöglein, Blüth' und Laub.

  Thränen in dem Grase hingen,
Durch die abendstille Rund
Klagend nun die Quellen gingen,
Und ich weint' aus Herzensgrund.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's Werke. Erster Theil. Gedichte. Berlin: M. Simion, 1841, pages 319 to 320.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:25

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Quand aujourd'hui pour la première fois

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

  Quand aujourd'hui pour la première fois
Je suis revenu marcher dans le jardin,
Buissons et ruisseaux de la vallée
Commencèrent à converser gaiement.

  Des fleurs regardaient à la dérobée,
En se taquinant dans l'herbe,
Et aussitôt elles envoyaient
Des papillons multicolores en exploration.

  Le coucou sur sa branche aussi
Se trouvait bientôt dans le jeu,
Enfin l'arbre rompit le silence :
« Pourquoi viens-tu seul aujourd'hui ? »

  Mais comme je me taisais, il bougea
Merveilleusement sa sombre tête,
Et je pus percevoir un chuchotement
Parmi les oiseaux, les fleurs et les feuilles.

  Des larmes étaient suspendues aux herbes
Dans le silence du soir autour de moi,
Les sources maintenant se lamentaient,
Et je pleurais de tout mon cœur.

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