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Rausche, rausche, froher Bach

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Rausche, rausche, froher Bach,
Küsse die Blumen am Ufer wach!
  O wie werden sie dir's danken,
Hold zu dir [sie niederschwanken]1,
  Und [in]2 deinen Wellen licht
Lachend spiegeln ihr Angesicht!

  Horch, o horch, mit lautem Ton
[Grüßet]3 dich freudig die Amsel schon,
  Schau, wie ist's an deinen Borden
Ueberall schon grün geworden,
  Gelt, nun [läßt's]4 dir's keine Ruh,
Frischer, muntrer Geselle du!

  Ach! wie freuen Busch und Baum
Sich auf den wonnigen Sommertraum,
  O wie werden sie sich neigen
Froh zu dir mit ihren Zweigen,
  Erlen, Weiden allzumal
In dem lustigen Wiesenthal!

  Rausche, rausche, froher Bach,
Bald ist der schlummernde Frühling wach!
  Rasch auf deinen [schönen]5 Wegen
Zieh dem Lieblichen entgegen,
  Bis im Maien, dankerfreut,
Ganz mit Blüthen er dich bestreut!

Translation(s): ENG

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H. Schläger sets stanzas 1-2, 4

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Confirmed with Liederbuch von Friedrich Oser. 1842-1874, Basel: Benno Schwabe Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1875, pages 30-31.

1 Lang: "hernieder schwanken"; Schläger: "sie nieder schwanken"
2 Schläger: "an"
3 Lang: "Grüsst"
4 Lang, Schläger: "läßt"
5 Lang: "holden"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-12-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-10-13 05:48:52

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Word count: 122

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Murmur, murmur, merry brook

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

   Murmur, murmur, merry brook,
Awaken the flowers on your banks with kisses!
   Oh, how grateful they shall be,
How gracefully they shall bend down toward you,
   And [in]1 your bright waves
Their faces shall laughingly be reflected!

   Hearken, oh hearken, with a loud sound
The blackbird is already joyfully greeting you!
   Look how along your borders everywhere
It has already become green;
   That makes you restless, doesn't it?
Flow more quickly, you jaunty fellow!

   Ah! how the bushes and trees
Look forward to the bonny dream of summer!
   Oh, how they shall happily lean
Down toward you with their branches,
   Both alders and willows together,
In the [airy]2 valley's meadow!

   Murmur, murmur, merry brook,
Soon the slumbering spring shall awaken!
   Quickly upon your lovely pathways
Journey toward the lovely [spring],
   Till in May, gratefully joyous,
[Spring] shall shower you with blossoms!

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Translated titles:
Am Bach = At the brook
Frühlingslied = Spring song
Rausche, rausche, froher Bach = Murmur, murmur, merry brook
1 Schläger: "by"
2 Lang: "jocund"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Heinrich Oser (1820 - 1891), "Rausche, rausche, froher Bach", appears in Liederbuch, in 1. Naturlieder, no. 31
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Esser, Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffmann, Gustav Hasse, Franz von Holstein, Josephine Lang, Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, Robert Radecke, Hans Schläger, Ferdinand Sieber. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-12-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-06-02 11:09:53

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