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As dew in Aprille

Language: English after the Middle English

I sing of a maiden 
that is makèles1:
King of all kings 
to her son she ches2.

He came al so stille 
there his moder was,
As dew in Aprille 
that falleth on the grass.

He came al so stille 
to his moder bour3,
As dew in Aprille 
that falleth on the flour4.

He came al so stille 
there his moder lay,
As dew in Aprille 
that falleth on the spray.

Moder and mayden 
was never none but she;
Well may such a lady 
Goddes moder be.

Translation(s): FRE GER

List of language codes

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1 matchless
2 chose
3 bower
4 flower

Submitted by Tom White


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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Wie Tau im April", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Comme la rosée en avril", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-10-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28

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Word count: 87

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Wie Tau im April

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich sing von der Jungfrau 
einmaliger Art,
die Mutter des 
Himmelskönigs ward.

Bei seiner Mutter 
erschien er so still
wie ein Tau auf den 
Auen im April.

In der Mutter Schoß 
erschien er so still
wie ein Tau auf der 
Blume im April.

In Mutters Kammer 
erschien er so still
wie ein Tau auf den 
Zweig fällt im April.

Mutter und Jungfrau 
gebührte ihr allein:
Solch ein Frau kann wohl 
Gottes Mutter sein.

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Text added to the website: 2015-07-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-07-26 10:45:20

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