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O Lindenduft, o Lindenbaum

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Lindenduft, o Lindenbaum,
Ihr mahnt mich wie ein Kindheitstraum,
Wo ich euch immer finde.
Die Linden lieb' ich überaus;
Es stand ja meines Vaters Haus
Im Schatten einer Linde.

Im Sommer, wann die Linden blüh'n,
Wie da die Bienchen sich bemüh'n
Und saugen so geschwinde.
Mein Vater liebte Bienen sehr,
Drum ist mir noch vom Vater her
Ein heilger Baum die Linde.

Im Lindenschatten schmeckt der Wein,
Und schmeckt ein Küßchen doppelt fein
Von einem schönen Kinde.
Dem Vater bring' ich dieses Glas,
Der auch nicht gerne trocken saß
Im Schatten einer Linde.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gesammelte Schriften von David Friedrich Strauß, 12. Band, Bonn, Verlag von Emil Strauß, 1877, p. 75.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-04-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:58
Line count: 18
Word count: 94

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Oh linden scent, oh linden tree

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh linden scent, oh linden tree,
Like a dream from childhood you remind me,
Wherever I find you.
I love linden trees exceedingly;
For my father’s house stood
In the shade of a linden tree.

In summertime when the linden trees bloom,
How the little bees are so industrious
And suck [the nectar] so swiftly!
My father loved bees very much,
Hence, in memory of my father, I still regard
The linden tree as holy.

In the shade of a linden tree, wine 
And a little kiss are twice as tasty --
[A kiss from] a lovely girl.
I raise this glass to my father,
Who also did not like to sit without a drink 
In the shade of a linden tree.

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Translations of title(s):
"Im Schatten einer Linde" = "In the shade of a linden tree"
"Linde" = "Linden tree"
"O Lindenduft, o Lindenbaum" = "Oh linden scent, oh linden tree"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by David Friedrich Strauß (1808 - 1874), "Linde", written 1849
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Karl Appel, Bernhard Ernst Scholz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-02-16.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 19:28:47
Line count: 18
Word count: 121