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Die Birkenzweige wehen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Birkenzweige wehen
Im Winde hin und her,
Jung Harolds Augen sehen
Träumend hinunter in's Meer.

Wie rollen nach fernen Weiten
Die Wellen dahin ohne Rast!--
So fliehen der Jugend Zeiten
In unaufhaltsamer Hast.

Es wehet der Wind nach Norden
Hin über die Täler und Höh'n.--
Wie hold ist Ella geworden,
Wie wunderlieblich und schön!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gustav Kastropp, König Elf’s Lieder. Eine lyrische Rhapsodie, Zweite Auflage, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1877, page 15

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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The birch branches sway", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-11.
Last modified: 2017-05-22 14:37:54
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Word count: 55

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The birch branches sway

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The birch branches sway
Back and forth in the wind,
Young Harold’s eyes gaze
Dreamily down into the sea.

How the waves roll onward
To distance expanses without rest!--
Thus do the times of youth
Flee in relentless haste.

The wind blows toward the north,
Over valleys and heights.--
How lovely Ella has become,
How wondrously sweet and beautiful!

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Text added to the website: 2017-05-31.
Last modified: 2017-05-31 10:22:30
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Word count: 59