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Der alte Garten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kaiserkron und Päonien rot,
Die müssen verzaubert sein,
Denn Vater und Mutter sind lange tot,
Was blühn sie hier so allein?

Der Springbrunn plaudert noch immerfort
Von der alten, schönen Zeit,
Eine Frau sitzt eingeschlafen dort,
Ihre Locken bedecken ihr Kleid.

Sie hat eine Laute in der Hand,
Als ob sie im Schlafe spricht,
Mir ist, als hätt' ich sie sonst gekannt -
Still, geh vorbei und weck sie nicht!

Und wenn es dunkelt das Tal entlang,
Streift sie die Saiten sacht,
Da gibt's einen wunderbaren Klang
Durch den Garten die ganze Nacht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff, Gedichte, Berlin, Verlag von M. Simion, 1841, page 433.

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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)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: ""Il vecchio giardino" da "Romanze"", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The old garden", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-04-02.
Last modified: 2015-03-08 00:12:01
Line count: 16
Word count: 93

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The old garden

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Imperial fritillaries and peonies red,
They must be under an enchantment,
For my father and mother are long dead;
Why do they bloom here thus alone?
The fountain still murmurs evermore
Of the old, beautiful times,
A woman, asleep, sits over there,
Her curls cover her garment.
She has a lute within her hand,
As if she is speaking in her sleep;
It seems to me that I once knew her -
Hush, pass by and do not wake her!
And when it grows dark along the valley,
She gently strokes the strings;
Then there is a wondrous sounding
Through the garden all night long.

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Text added to the website: 2015-08-20.
Last modified: 2015-08-20 13:57:02
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Word count: 105