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Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Törne, du min syskonplanta, 
Svept i vinterns is, försmås du, 
Höljd af taggar, hatas du. 
Men jag tänker: kommer våren, 
Slår du ut i blad och rosor, 
Och en växt fins ej på jorden, 
Ljuf och älskad såsom du. 
O, hur mången törnestängel 
Står ej naken i naturen, 
Som behöfde kärlek blott, 
Blott en solblick af ett hjerta, 
För att kläda sig i rosor 
Och hvart väsens glädje bli!

Translation(s): FIN GER GER

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ture Rangström (1884 - 1947) , "Der Dornstrauch" FIN ; composed by Ture Rangström.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Orjantappura", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dornstrauch", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-12-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-04-30 17:20:03

Line count: 13
Word count: 69

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Language: German (Deutsch) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Dornstrauch, meine Geschwisterpflanze,
deckt Winters Eis dich, schmäht man dich,
gespickt mit Dornen, hasst man dich.
Doch denke ich, kommt erst der Lenz,
dann sprießen Blätter dir und Rosen
und auf der Welt ist keine Pflanze dann
so lieblich und geliebt wie du.
Ach, wie viele Dornenstängel
stehen kahl in der Natur,
sie bräuchten Liebe bloß,
nur einen Sonnenblick aus einem Herzen,
um sich mit Rosen dann zu kleiden
und jeden Wesens Freude sein.

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Text added to the website: 2017-04-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-04-30 17:18:46

Line count: 13
Word count: 74