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Wozu das Schimmern und der helle Tau?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wozu das Schimmern und der helle Tau?
Wozu die Blumen auf allen Wegen?
Man kann sich baden in Silber und Blau
Und sich durstig an ein Tulpenblatt legen.

Man kann tanzen zu seinen Geigen,
Vor Frau Drossel sich verneigen,
Oder hoch in den Himmel steigen.

Es wachsen Wunder auf der Erden,
Ein Wald, ein Strauch und ein Rosenbusch,
Und alle die lieben Wunder warden
Einem Falter zu eigen -- husch -- husch.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Rosen von Ludwig Finckh, mit einer Einführung von Otto Julius Bierbaum, Vierte Auflage, Stuttgart und Berlin: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1912, page 42

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and 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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Flowers everywhere", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-08-26.
Last modified: 2017-04-19 14:00:04
Line count: 11
Word count: 70

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Flowers everywhere

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Wherefore that shimmering and the bright dew?
Wherefore the flowers upon all the pathways?
One can bathe in silver and blue
And lean thirstily upon a tulip petal.

One can dance to one’s violins,
Bow down before Mistress Thrush,
Or climb high into the heavens.

Wonders arise upon earth,
A forest, a shrub and a rosebush,
And all the dear wonders became
The property of a butterfly -- hush -- hush.

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Text added to the website: 2017-04-19.
Last modified: 2017-04-19 14:01:32
Line count: 11
Word count: 69