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Du weißer Schnee, du kühler Schnee

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du weißer Schnee, du kühler Schnee
Fällst du im fernen Land
Meinem Schatz auf die braunen Haare
Meinem Schatz auf die liebe Hand?

Du weißer Schnee, du kühler Schnee
Und hat er auch nicht kalt?
Sag, liegt er im weißen Felde
Oder liegt er im dunklen Wald?

Du weißer Schnee, du falscher Schnee
Laß meinen Schatz in Ruh!
Was deckst du ihm denn die Haare
Und deckst ihm die Augen zu?

Du falscher Schnee, du weißer Schnee
Er ist ja gar nicht tot;
Vielleicht sitzt er gefangen
Bei Wasser und bei Brot.

Vielleicht er kommt bald wieder,
Er kann schon draußen stehn,
Und ich muß mir die Tränen wischen,
Sonst kann ich ihn ja nicht sehn.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 226-227.

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de la fiancée de guerre", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-25.
Last modified: 2018-08-12 16:31:23
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Word count: 116

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You white snow, you cool snow

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You white snow, you cool snow,
In a faraway land you fall
Upon my darling’s brown hair
Upon my darling’s dear hand?

You white snow, you cool snow,
And isn’t he cold?
Tell me, does he lie in a white field
Or does he lie in a dark forest?

You white snow, you false snow
Leave my darling in peace!
Why do you cover his hair
And cover his eyes?

You false snow, you white snow
He is not even dead;
Perhaps he is sitting imprisoned
With water and with bread.

Perhaps he shall soon return,
He might already be standing outside,
And I must wipe away my tears
Or else I shall not be able to see him.

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Translations of title(s):
"Das Mädchen sitzt daheim und singt" = "The maiden is sitting at home and singing"
"Das Lied der Kriegsbraut" = "Song of the war bride"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Das Mädchen sitzt daheim und singt", written 1914 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walther Moldenhauer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-05-02.
Last modified: 2017-05-02 03:17:47
Line count: 20
Word count: 119