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Im Winterboden schläft ein Blumenkeim

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Winterboden schläft ein Blumenkeim
der Schmetterling, der einst um Busch und Hügel
in Frühlingsnächten wiegt den sammt'nen Flügel;
nie soll er kosten deinen Honigseim.

Wer aber weiß, ob nicht sein zarter Geist,
wenn jede Zier des Sommers hingesunken,
dereinst, von deinem leisen Duftetrunken,
mir unsichtbar, dich blühende umkreist?

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "To a Christmas rose II", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "A un elleboro II", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "À une rose de Noël II", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Sur une rose de Noël II", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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To a Christmas rose II

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A flower's germ sleeps in the winter soil,
The butterfly that, round bush and hill,
Will sway its velvety wings in spring nights;
It shall never taste your nectar.   

Who ever knows, if its delicate spirit,
After the summer's beauty has swooned,
Will not one day, drunk with your soft scent,
Invisible to me, circle around you in bloom.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2004 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875) FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Günter Klinzing, Wolfgang Ulrich, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-09-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
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Word count: 59