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Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au,
Die Lüfte, sie wehen so milde, so lau,
Geschwätzig die Bäche nun rinnen.

Die Schwalbe, die kehret zum wirtlichen Dach,
Sie baut sich so emsig ihr bräutlich Gemach,
Die Liebe soll wohnen da drinnen.

Sie bringt sich geschäftig von kreuz und von quer
Manch weicheres Stück zu dem Brautbett [hierher]1,
Manch wärmendes Stück für die Kleinen.

Nun wohnen die Gatten beisammen so treu,
Was Winter geschieden, verband nun der Mai,
Was liebet, das weiß er zu einen.

Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au.
Die Lüfte, sie wehen so milde, so lau.
Nur ich kann nicht ziehen von hinnen.

Wenn alles, was liebet, der Frühling vereint,
Nur unserer Liebe kein Frühling erscheint,
Und Tränen sind all ihr Gewinnen.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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1 some editions have "hieher"; the spelling can be found as well in Tonkünstler-Versammlung zu Weimar, zugleich als Vorfeier zu Ludwig van Beethoven's 100jährigen Geburtsfeste, 1870, page 24.

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Torna el mes de maig, la prada plena de flors", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De mei komt terug weer, het veld bloeit vol pracht", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "May returns, the meadow blooms", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Angelika Frenzel) , "Le mois de mai revient et les prés sont en fleurs", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Torna maggio, il prato è in fiore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , "Ha vuelto mayo, florecen las praderas", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Ha vuelto mayo, florecen las praderas

Language: Spanish (Español) after the German (Deutsch)

Ha vuelto mayo, florecen las praderas, 
los vientos soplan suaves y tibios. 
Los arroyos corren bulliciosos. 
La golondrina la retorna a su morada, 
y laboriosa construye su cámara nunpcial, 
pues en ella habitará el amor. 

Activa trae de aquí y de allá 
trocitos para la cama de la novia, 
y trocitos de comida para los pequeños. 

Ya los esposos están unidos, 
lo que el invierno separó, mayo lo unió, 
pues todo lo que ama sabe unir. 

Ha vuelto mayo, florecen las praderas, 
los vientos soplan suaves y tibios. 
Solo yo no puedo moverme de aquí. 

Si todo lo que ama lo une la primavera, 
solo para nuestro amor no hay primavera  
y lágrimas es todo cuanto tiene.

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