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Im Frühling

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hier lieg' ich auf dem Frühlingshügel:
Die Wolke wird mein Flügel,
Ein Vogel fliegt mir voraus.
Ach, sag' mir, all-einzige Liebe,
Wo du bleibst, daß ich bei dir bliebe!
Doch du und die Lüfte, ihr habt kein Haus.

Der Sonnenblume gleich steht mein Gemüte offen,
Sich dehnend
In Lieben und Hoffen.
Frühling, was bist du gewillt?
Wenn werd' ich gestillt?

Die Wolke seh' ich wandeln und den Fluß,
Es dringt der Sonne goldner Kuß
Mir tief bis in's Geblüt hinein;
Die Augen, wunderbar berauschet,
Tun, als schliefen sie ein,
Nur noch das Ohr dem Ton der Biene lauschet.
Ich denke dies und denke das,
Ich sehne mich, und weiß nicht recht, nach was:
Halb ist es Lust, halb ist es Klage;
Mein Herz, o sage,
Was webst du für Erinnerung
In golden grünen Zweige Dämmerung?
-- Alte unnennbare Tage!

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA

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M. Clement sets stanza 3

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "In springtime", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Je suis étendu là, sur la colline du printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Au printemps", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "A primavera", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Pupillo) , title 1: "In primavera", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2016-02-13 17:29:11
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In springtime

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Here I lie upon the hillside in springtime:
The cloud becomes my wing,
A bird flies before me.
Ah, tell me, utterly singular love,
Where you dwell, so that I might stay with you!
But you and the breezes, you have no abode.
Like the sunflower, my spirit stands open,
Stretching itself
In loving and hoping.
Spring, what are you disposed to do?
When shall [my yearning] be assuaged?
I see the clouds wandering and the river,
The sun’s golden kiss penetrates
Deeply, all the way to my flowing blood;
The eyes, wondrously intoxicated,
Act as if they were falling asleep,
Only the ear still listens to the sound of the bee.
I ponder this and ponder that,
I am yearning, but I do not really know for what:
It is half rapture, half lamenting;
My heart, oh tell,
What sort of memories are you weaving
In the golden-green gloaming of the branches?
-- Ancient, inexpressible days!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Im Frühling" FRE FRE ITA ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jan Carel Anderson, Willy Burkhard, Mary Clement, née Mary Wilcken, Pater Theo Flury, Friedrich Gernsheim, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Robert von Hornstein, Robert Kahn, Fritz Schieri, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-02-25.
Last modified: 2016-02-25 14:28:44
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Word count: 157