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I dream'd I lay where flow'rs were springing

Language: English

I dream'd I lay where flow'rs were springing,
Gaily in the sunny beam;
I listen'd to the wild birds singing,
By a falling crystal stream.
At once the sky grew black and daring,
While through the woods the whirlwinds rave, 
The trees with aged arms were warring,
Across the swelling drumlie wave.

Such was my life's deceitful morning,
Such the pleasures I enjoy'd;
But long ere noon loud tempest storming,
All my flow'ry bliss destroy'd.
Though fickle fortune has deceiv'd me,
Promised fair, and perform'd but ill,
Of many a joy and hope bereav'd me,
I bear a heart shall support me still.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "I dream'd I lay where flow'rs were springing", WoO. 153 (20 Irische Lieder mit Begleitung von Pianoforte, Violine und Violoncello) no. 5, G. 224 no. 5, published 1814/6. [vocal duet with piano, violin, violoncello] [ sung text checked 1 time]

Set in a modified version by Joseph Haydn, Humphrey Procter-Gregg.

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by Albert Hermann Dietrich.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je rêvais que j'étais allongé là où les fleurs sortaient", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Georg Pertz) , "Mir träumt' ich lag wo die Blumen springen"

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Je rêvais que j'étais allongé là où les fleurs sortaient

Language: French (Français) after the English

Je rêvais que j'étais allongé là où les fleurs sortaient,
Joyeux sous les rayons du soleil ;
J'écoutais chanter les oiseaux sauvages
Auprès d'un ruisseau de cristal :
Soudain le ciel devint noir et terrifiant ;
Tandis qu'une tornade se déchaînait dans les bois,
Les arbres aux vieux bras se débattaient
Au milieu d'un flot montant et boueux.

Ainsi était le matin trompeur de ma vie,
Ainsi les plaisirs que j'appréciais ;
Mais bien avant midi la bruyante tempête
Détruisit tout mon bonheur en fleur.
Bien qu'un inconstant destin m'ait trompé,
Me promît d'être propice, s'avérât néfaste,
Me privât de maintes joies et espérances,
Je porte un cœur qui me soutient encore.

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