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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

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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "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
Line count: 25
Word count: 128

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Who invented the first song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Who devised the first song,
that into the air did resound?
Spring found it in the balmy night,
filling hearts with joy.
He sang it first in the lilacs
and the rhythm puls'd to it:
O May!  the time of love-dreams,
what is as sweet as you!

Then, little gnats and beetles came,
Forest birds marked the tune,
they practiced the style,
and by thousandfold;
they carried it thru' the heavens
and in all the forest is peace:
O Maytime joy, o time of love-dreams,
what is as sweet as you!

The nightingale sang to me by the brook,
and a sweet sadness o'er came me!
Now, the song follows me everywhere
through the air and snow-white blooms.
From the lilacs I gather a bouquet
and I always sing:
O Maytime, o time of love-dreams,
what is as sweet as you!
what is as sweet as you!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Victor August Eberhard Blüthgen (1844 - 1920)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz von Blon, Hermann Brandt, Ferruccio Busoni, Karl Courvoisier, Otto Fiebach, Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Fitzenhagen, Carl Grammann, Eduard Hermes, Eduard Lassen, Emil Link, Julius Neugebauer, Ika Peyron, Heinrich Reinhardt, Louis Reinhardt, Wilhelm Rudnick, Otto Schmidt, Friedrich von Wickede, Nicolai von Wilm. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22
Line count: 25
Word count: 147