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Language: German (Deutsch)

Leise, windverwehte Lieder,
Mögt ihr fallen in den Sand!
Blätter seid ihr eines Baumes,
Welcher nie in Blüthe stand.

Welke, windverwehte Blätter,
Boten naher Winterruh',
Fallet sacht! . . . ihr deckt die Gräber
Mancher todten Hoffnung zu.

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Heinrich Leuthold, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Frauenfeld, Verlag von J. Huber, 1884, p. 3.

Submitted by Harry Joelson


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Fall of leaves", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-05-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:22

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Word count: 38

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Fall of leaves

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Quiet, windblown songs,
May you fall into the sand!
You are leaves of a tree
That never blossomed.
Withered, windblown leaves,
Messengers of the nearing winter-rest,
Fall gently! . . . you cover the graves
Of many a dead hope.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Leuthold (1827 - 1879), "Blätterfall", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Vermischte Gedichte
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Ganz, Hermann von Glenck, Hans Hermann, Hans Huber, Carl Israël, Robert Kahn, Richard Poebing, Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, Severin Warteresiewicz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-09-25 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-09-25 21:03:24

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