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Der Schnee zerrinnt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Schnee zerrinnt,
Der Mai beginnt,
[Die]1 Blüten keimen 
[Auf]2 Gartenbäumen,
Und Vogelschall
Tönt überall.

Pflückt einen Kranz,
Und haltet Tanz
Auf grünen Auen, 
Ihr schönen Frauen, 
Wo [junge]3 Main 
Uns Kühlung streun.

Wer weiß, wie bald
Die Klocke schallt,
Da wir des Maien 
Uns nicht mehr freuen:
Wer weiß, wie bald
Die Klocke schallt!

Drum werdet froh! 
Gott will es so,
Der uns dies Leben
Zur Lust gegeben! 
Genießt der Zeit, 
Die Gott verleiht!

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 3, 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1783, pages 65-66; and with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Neu besorgt und vermehrt von Johann Heinrich Voss. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1804, pages 166-167.

This is Hölty's poem in its version posthumously printed in the editions edited by Voß. Hölty's original version differs in several verses (see below).

Note: Modern spelling would change "Klocke" to "Glocke".

1 Mendelssohn: "Und"
2 Hölty (1804 edition), and Schubert: "Den"
3 Mendelssohn: "grüne"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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)

Set in a modified version by .

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Si scioglie la neve", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-14 07:55:06

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Word count: 75

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La neu es fon

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

La neu es fon,
comença el mes de maig,
brosten les flors
als arbres del jardí,
i el cant dels ocells
ressona arreu.

Qui sap quan
tocarà l’hora
que ja no podrem 
gaudir del mes de maig:
qui sap quan
tocarà l’hora!

Per això, alegreu-vos!
Així Déu ho vol,
que ens ha donat aquesta vida
per al goig!
Gaudiu del temps
que Déu us ha concedit!

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Translations of title(s):
"Frühlingslied" = "Cançó de primavera"
"Der Mai" = "El mes de maig"
"Mailied" = "Cançó de maig"
"Du und der Frühling" = "Tu i la primavera"
"Der Schnee zerrinnt" = "La neu es fon"
"Der Schnee zerrinnt, der Mai beginnt" = "La neu es fon, comença el mes de maig"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Mailied", written 1773, Göttinger Musenalmanach 1776, page 24, first published 1776 ENG FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Blasser, Eduard August Grell, Victor Hollaender, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Julius P. Peiser, Adolf Reichel, Max Renner, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-04-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-16 14:23:13

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