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Under der linden

Language: Mittelhochdeutsch

Under der linden
an der heide
dâ unser zweier bette was
dâ [muget]1 ir vinden
schône beide
gebrochen bluomen unde gras
vor dem walde in einem tal!
schône sanc diu nahtegal.

Ich kam gegangen
zuo der [ouwe]2
dô was mîn friedel komen ê.
Dâ wart ich empfangen
hêre frouwe,
daz ich bin sælic iemer mê!
Kust er mich? Wol tûsentstunt!
seht wie rôt mir ist der munt!

Dô [hete]3 er gemachet
alsô rîche
von bluomen eine [bettestat]4;
des wirt noch gelachet
kumt iemen an daz selbe pfat.
Bî den rôsen er wol mac -
merken wâ mirz houbet lac!

Daz er bî mir [læge
wesse ez]5 iemen
nu enwelle got so schamte ich mich,
[wes]6 er mit mir pflæge
niemer niemen
bevinde daz wan er [und]7 ich.
Und ein kleinez vogellîn -
daz mac wol getriuwe sîn!


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1 Martin: "mugt"
2 Martin: "oude"
3 Martin: "het"
4 Martin: "bette stat"
5 Martin: "laee,/ wessez" (typo?)
6 Martin: "Es"
7 Martin: "unt"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803 - 1849) , "Song: Translated from the German of Walther von der Vogelweide", appears in The Poems Posthumous and Collected of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, first published 1851 [an adaptation] GER GER GER GER GER GER GER by Stephen Dodgson.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Pannier (1854 - 1931) ENG ENG ENG ITA by Engelbert Humperdinck, Hans Erich Pfitzner.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) , "Die verschwiegene Nachtigall", first published 1857 ENG ENG ENG FRE by August Bungert, Ferruccio Busoni, August Fischer, Edvard Grieg, Robert Kahn, Joseph Pembaur, Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson, as Henry Handel Richardson, Hans Michael Schletterer, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Anton Urspruch.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , text arranged by Heinz Knorr from the version by Max Wehrli, in Deutsche Lyrik des Mittelalters, published by Manesse-Bibliothek der Weltliteratur, 1955 ENG ENG ENG by Heinrich Karl Johann Hofmann, Stephan Krehl, Hermann Reutter.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bruno Obermann , "Unter der Linde", first published 1886 ENG ENG by Franz Dannehl, Anton Rückauf, Eduard Schütt.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] ENG ENG FRE by Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Johann Lewalter.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Johann Christoph) Friedrich Haug (1761 - 1829) , "Das Geheimniss, nach Walter von der Vogelweide" [an adaptation] ENG ENG by Norbert Burgmüller, Eduard Kremser, Eduard Kreuzhage.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) , first published 1869 ENG ENG by Paul Geisler, Wilhelm Kienzl.

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

  • ENG English (Elisabeth Siekhaus) , "Under the linden tree", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-11-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:31
Line count: 36
Word count: 142

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Under the linden tree

Language: English after the Mittelhochdeutsch

Under the linden
by the meadow,
where our bed was,
there you can find,
beautifully broken,
the flowers and the grass.
Before the forest in a valley--
Beautifully sang the nightingale.

I came walking
to the meadow,
my lover had come there already before.
There I was received,
(Holy Virgin!)
for that I am happy forever.
Did he kiss me? At least a thousand times.
See, how red my mouth is!

There he made--
so splendidly,
a bed out of flowers.
Those will laugh,
who come by on the path
and see by the roses,
where my head lay.

That he lay with me--
if anyone knew
(God forbid) I would be ashamed.
How he was with me,
Never, no one
may find out, except for him and me,
and a little bird
that will well keep my secret.

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  • Translation from Mittelhochdeutsch to English copyright © 2008 by Elisabeth Siekhaus, (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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Text added to the website: 2008-04-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:39
Line count: 36
Word count: 144