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Hoch auf der stillen Alpenhalde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hoch auf der stillen Alpenhalde
Weht weicher, feiner Sonnenduft;
Noch liegt der Schnee zu tiefst im Walde,
Doch ums Gehäng' haucht Frühlingsluft.

Und zages Grün lugt aus den Ritzen 
Der Felsenwand im Morgenschein!
Wie blaut es um die Bergesspitzen,
Wie träufelt's leise im Gestein.

Da schauern die verschlafnen Tannen --
Das weht und webt, das quillt und taut;
Ein Vogel lockt und huscht von dannen
Erschreckt vom eignen süßen Laut.

Und wie vom Traum wacht nun die Fülle
Des Blühens auf; und wonnig bebt
Durch die Natur, die schlummerstille,
Der Freudengruß: Sie lebt, sie lebt!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Karl Stieler, Neue Hochlandslieder, herausgegeben von Karl Quenzel, Leipzig: Hesse & Becker Verlag, [1917], pages 43-44.

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) , subtitle: "(April.)", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-10-11T00:00:00.
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High upon the silent alpine acclivity

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

High upon the silent alpine acclivity
There wafts soft, delicate sun-scent;
In the depths of the forest the snow still lies,
But springtime breezes whisper about the slopes.

And timid green peeps from the cracks
Of the cliffs in the radiance of morning!
How bluely it shines about the mountain tops,
How it drips quietly among the rocks.

A shudder passes through the drowsy firs --
There is a wafting and weaving, a welling up and thawing;
A bird peeps enticingly and swooshes off,
Startled by its own sweet sound.

And as if from a dream the plenitude of blossoming
Awakens now; and blissfully 
Through slumber-silent Nature trembles
The joyful greeting:  She lives, she lives!

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Subtitle: "(April.)"

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"April. Bergfrühling" = "April. Mountain springtime"
"Bergfrühling" = "Mountain springtime"


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