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O süßer Mai

Language: German (Deutsch)

    O süßer Mai, 
Der Strom ist frei,
Ich steh verschlossen, 
Mein Aug' verdrossen,
Ich seh nicht deine grüne Tracht,
Nicht deine buntgeblümte Pracht,
Nicht dein Himmelblau, 
Zur Erd' ich schau;
O süßer Mai, 
Mich lasse frei,
Wie den Gesang 
An den [dunkeln]1 Hecken entlang.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Tröst Einsamkeit, alte und neue Sagen und Wahrsagungen. Geschichten und Gedichte, herausgegeben von Ludwig Achim von Arnim, Heidelberg, bei Mohr und Zimmer, 1808, page 11, an excerpt from Der freie Dichtergarten; headed Zweyte Stimme. Selbstbeschwerung.

1 Brahms: "dunklen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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)

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "O süßer Mai", op. 93a (Sechs Lieder und Romanzen für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor) no. 3 (1883?), published 1884 [SATB chorus a cappella], Berlin, Simrock [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "O sweet May", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ô doux moi de Mai", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "O zoete mei", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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O sweet May

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

O sweet May, 
streaming freely,
I stand close-mouthed, 
my eyes querulous.
I see neither your green array,
your colorfully blossoming splendour,
nor your blue skies; 
to the earth I gaze.
O sweet May, 
release me
like a song 
along the dark hedge.


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