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Du fragst mich, Mädchen, was flüsternd...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du fragst mich, Mädchen, was flüsternd der West
Vertraue den Blüthenglocken?
Warum von Zweige zu Zweig im Geäst
Die zwitschernden Vögel [sich]1 locken?
Warum an Knospe die Knospe sich schmiegt,
Und Wellen mit Wellen zerfließen,
Und dem Mondstrahl, der auf den Kelchen sich wiegt,
Die Violen der Nacht sich erschließen?
O thörichtes Fragen! Wem Wissen frommt,
Nicht kann ihm die Antwort fehlen;
Drum warte, mein Kind, bis die Liebe kommt,
Die wird dir Alles erzählen!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gesammelte Werke des Grafen Adolf Friedrich von Schack, Erster Band, Stuttgart: Velag der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1883, page 386

1 omitted by Strauss

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti 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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le secret", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il segreto", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Je vraagt mij, meisje, wat fluist’rend...

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Je vraagt mij, meisje, wat fluist’rend de wind
Laat weten de voorjaarsknoppen?
Waarom van takje op tak welgezind
De kwetterende vogels [druk]1 hoppen?

Waarom steeds bloemknop naast bloemknop zich vlijt
En golven met golven vervloeien,
En voor ’t maanlicht, dat op de kelken neerglijdt,
De violen der nacht gaan ontbloeien?

O onzinnig vragen! Wie kennis bekomt,
Die kan wel het antwoord spellen:
Dus wacht maar, mijn kind, tot de liefde komt:
Die zal je alles vertellen!

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Translations of title(s):
"Geheimnis" = "Geheim"
"Das Geheimnis" = "Het geheim"
"Das Geheimniß" = "Het geheim"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adolf Friedrich, Graf von Schack (1815 - 1894), "Das Geheimniß" CAT ENG FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Reinhold Becker, R. Fried, Albert Fuchs, Julius Neugebauer, Joseph Rheinberger, Max Spicker, Richard Georg Strauss. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-01-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-01-30 14:39:54

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