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Noch bin ich jung

Language: German (Deutsch)

Noch bin ich jung -- noch will ich leben!
Mein Herz hat Heimweh nach dem Glück --
Ach, einmal noch die Flügel heben
Und in die schöne Welt zurück!
Da draußen lacht der Lenz, der holde,
Im Himmelsblau und Waldesgrün!
Der Becher [glänzt]1 schäumt im Sonnengolde,
Und tausend duft'ge Blumen blüh'n!
Hinaus, hinaus, dem Licht entgegen --
Mich tötet die Gefangenschaft!
Ach, einmal noch die [Schwingen]1 regen
Im Vollgefühl der Jugendkraft!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Fliegende Blätter, 107. Band (1897), Nro. 2715, page 54; this publication and the Bock score give the author as L. Vandersee.

1 Bock: "schäumt"
2 Bock: "Flügel"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Berta Bock (1857 - 1945), "Noch bin ich jung", op. 6 (Vier Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 3, published 1900 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Schuberth jun. ; also published in the collection Lieder siebenbürgischer Komponisten, Book I [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "I am still young", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-06-08.
Last modified: 2016-10-28 15:52:44
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

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I am still young

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I am still young - I still wish to live!
My heart is homesick for happiness -
Ah, to lift my wings just once more
And [to fly] back to the beautiful world!
Outdoors, Spring, the lovely one, is laughing
In the blue of heaven and the green of the forest;
The goblet gleams in the gold of the sun,
And a thousand scented flowers are blooming!
Out, out, toward the light -
Imprisonment is killing me!
Ah, to lift my wings just once more
In the full awareness of youthful strength!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Helene Tiedemann (18?? - 1907), as Leon Vandersee, "Noch bin ich jung --"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Berta Bock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-02.
Last modified: 2016-11-02 10:34:22
Line count: 12
Word count: 92