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O süßer Mai

Language: German (Deutsch)

    O süßer Mai, 
Der Strom ist frei,
Ich steh verschlossen, 
Mein Aug' verdrossen,
Ich seh nicht deine grüne Tracht,
Nicht deine buntgeblümte Pracht,
Nicht dein Himmelblau, 
Zur Erd' ich schau;
O süßer Mai, 
Mich lasse frei,
Wie den Gesang 
An den [dunkeln]1 Hecken entlang.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Tröst Einsamkeit, alte und neue Sagen und Wahrsagungen. Geschichten und Gedichte, herausgegeben von Ludwig Achim von Arnim, Heidelberg, bei Mohr und Zimmer, 1808, page 11, an excerpt from Der freie Dichtergarten; headed Zweyte Stimme. Selbstbeschwerung.

1 Brahms: "dunklen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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)

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "O süßer Mai", op. 93a (Sechs Lieder und Romanzen für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor) no. 3 (1883?), published 1884 [SATB chorus a cappella], Berlin, Simrock [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "O sweet May", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ô doux moi de Mai", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "O zoete mei", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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O zoete mei

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

O zoete mei, 
de stroom is vrij,
Ik sta hier treurig, 
mijn blik humeurig,
Ik zie niets van je groene dracht,
Niets van je bonte bloemenpracht,
Niet je hemelblauw, 
ik d' aard' beschouw.
O zoete mei, 
laat mij toch vrij,
Zoals het lied 
dat langs donk’re hagen vervliet.


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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2015 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2015-11-03.
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