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Träumen im Winter

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich träumte, Du wärst bei mir,
   Ich hegte Dich still im Herzen;
Von all' meinen Wonnen Dir
   Erzählt' ich und meinen Schmerzen.

Du hieltest mich bei der Hand
   In seligem Liebeskosen,
Und draußen [blühte]1 das Land
   Im Schmucke der Maienrosen.

[Als ich, erwachend, mich fand]2,
   Noch trunken von Deinem Scherzen:
Wie öd' der Winter im Land',
   Wie öd' der Winter im Herzen!

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Rheinberger: "erblüht'"
2 Rheinberger: "Als ich mich erwachend fand"
Note: the poet was a good friend of Rheinberger's wife and must have given him a copy of the poem before it was published.

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: "Dreaming in winter", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-19.
Last modified: 2017-05-17 04:43:38
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

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Dreaming in winter

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I dreamt you were with me,
   I harboured you quietly in my heart;
I told you of all my joys
   And of all my pains.

You took me by the hand
   In blissful, loving caressing,
And outdoors the land [bloomed]1
   In the adornment of the May-roses.

When [I, awakening, found myself]2
   Still drunken from your jesting:
How desolate was the winter in the land,
   How desolate the winter in my heart!

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1 Rheinberger: "burst into bloom"
2 Rheinberger: "I found myself awakening"


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Text added to the website: 2017-06-27.
Last modified: 2017-06-27 10:41:56
Line count: 12
Word count: 71