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O Wald, o Wald

Language: German (Deutsch)

    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du! 
Ist es dein Grün?
Ist es dein heimlich Dunkel? 
Dein buntes Blühn?
Das irre Sonngefunkel? 
  Daß ich auf's neu stets freudetrunken 
  In deinen Zauber steh' versunken.
    Wer mag es sagen?
    Wer's [je]1 erfragen?
  [Nur singen]2 muß ich immerzu:
    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!

    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!
Ist es dein Duft?
Ist's deiner Büsche Wallen?
Die kühle Luft,
Sind's deine hohen Hallen?
  Daß es mich immer, immer wieder
  Zu dir, Geliebter, zieht hernieder.
    Wer mag es sagen,
    Wer's je erfragen?
  Nur singen muß ich immerzu:
    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!

    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!
Ist's dein Gesang?
Ist's deiner Tannen Sausen?
Dein Klagen bang?
Der alten Eichen Brausen?
  Daß Heimweh [gleich]3 mich will erfassen,
  Muß ich, o Trauter, dich verlassen.
    Wer mag es sagen
    Wer's je erfragen?
  Nur singen mich ich immerzu:
    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!

    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!
Ist's Majestät?
Ist's heimisch trautes Wesen,
Was dich durchweht,
Dich macht so auserlesen?
  Daß jauchzend dich des Sängers Lieder
  Lobpreisen immer, immer wieder!
    Wer mag es sagen,
    Wer's je erfragen?
  Nur singen muß ich immerzu:
    O Wald, o Wald,
    Wie ewig schön bist du!


Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Liederbuch von Friedrich Oser, 1842-1874, mit einem biographischen Verzeichnis der Componisten, Basel: Benno Schwabe, Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1875, pages 75-76.

1 Rohde: "zu", passim.
2 Rohde: "Nein, singen", passim.
3 Rohde: "bald"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Melanie Trumbull

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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


Text added to the website: 2010-05-05.
Last modified: 2018-10-15 05:41:31
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Word count: 222

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Oh forest, oh forest

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!
Is it your greenery?
Is it your secret darkness?
Your colourful blooming?
The mad sparkling of the sun?
  That makes me ever anew and always
  Stand rapt in your magic, drunk with bliss.
    Who may tell,
    Who ever probe it?
  I must only always sing:
    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!

    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!
Is it your scents?
Is it the surging of your bushes?
The cool air,
Your high cathedrals?
  That again and again I am drawn
  Down to you, beloved.
    Who may tell,
    Who may ever probe it?
  I must only always sing:
    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!

    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!
Is it your singing?
Is it the whirling of your firs?
Your anxious lamentation?
The roaring of the old oaks?
  That homesickness immediately assails me,
  When I, oh lovely one, must leave you.
    Who may tell,
    Who ever probe it?
  I must only always sing:
    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!

    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!
Is it majesty?
Is it homely, comforting being
That wafts through you,
That makes you so exquisite?
  That the singer’s songs must again and again
  Praise you rejoicingly!
    Who may tell,
    Who ever probe it?
  I must only always sing:
    Oh forest, oh forest,
How eternally beautiful you are!


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Translations of title(s):
"Waldlied" = "Song of the forest"
"Im Wald" = "In the forest"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Heinrich Oser (1820 - 1891), "Waldlied", appears in Liederbuch, in 1. Naturlieder, no. 85
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Wilhelm Abt, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Moritz Hauptmann, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Eduard Rohde, Ottobald Walther, Oskar Wermann. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2017-07-15.
Last modified: 2017-07-15 13:48:28
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