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Wer hat das erste Lied erdacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer hat das erste Lied erdacht,
das in die Lüfte scholl?
Der Frühling fand's in lauer Nacht,
das Herz von Wonne voll.
Er sang es früh im Fliederbaum
und schlug den Takt dazu:
O Maienzeit, o Liebestraum,
was ist so süß wie du!

Da kamen Mück' und Käferlein,
Waldvöglein sonder Zahl,
sie übten sich die Weise ein,
wohl an die tausend Mal;
sie trugen's durch den Himmelsraum
und durch die Waldesruh':
O Maienglück, o Liebestraum,
was ist so süß wie du!

Mir sang's am Bach die Nachtigall,
da ward mir wonnig weh'!
Nun folgt das Lied mir überall
durch Luft und Blütenschnee.
Ich pflück' den Zweig vom Fliederbaum
und sing' es immerzu:
O Maienzeit, o Liebestraum, 
was ist so süß wie du,
was ist so süß wie du!

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by John H. Campbell


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 (John H. Campbell) , "Who invented the first song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22

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