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Die Luft ist blau, das Thal ist grün

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Luft ist blau, das Thal ist grün,
Die kleinen Maienklocken blühn,
Und Schlüsselblumen drunter;
Der Wiesengrund
Ist schon so bunt,
Und malt sich täglich bunter.

Drum komme, wem der Mai gefällt,
Und [schaue froh die schöne]1 Welt
Und Gottes Vatergüte,
Die solche Pracht
Den Baum und seine Blüte.


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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, page 132; and with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Neu besorgt und vermehrt von Johann Heinrich Voss. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1804, page 172.

Note: This is the version as published by Voß. The initial version of this poem, according to Hölty's manuscript, is quite different. It has the title "Maylied" and begins with "Der Anger steht so grün ..." (see below).

1 Voß' editions before 1804: "freue sich der schönen"

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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lentelied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "Spring song", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kevätlaulu", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "Canto di primavera", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Canción de la primavera", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-01-14 10:07:20
Line count: 12
Word count: 50

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Spring song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The sky is blue, the valley is green
The little lilies of the valley bloom,
And primroses underneath;
The meadowland
Is already so colorful
And paints itself more colorful every day.

Come around, you who love May
And look gladly at the beautiful world,
And at the fatherly kindness of God
[So good that] such splendor
Bursts out,
In the tree and its blossoms.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2004 by Barbara Miller, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Frühlingslied", written 1773, first published 1776 CAT DUT FIN FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Blasser, H. A. J. Campbell, Hans Fleischer, Georg Eduard Goltermann, Franciscus Johannes van der Heijden, Eugen Hildach, Hans Heinrich XIV, Graf Bolko von Hochberg, Ignaz Moscheles, Joachim Raff, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-04-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 12
Word count: 64