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Das ist des Frühlings traurige Lust!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das ist des Frühlings traurige Lust!
Die blühenden Mädchen, die wilde Schar,
Sie stürmen dahin mit flatterndem Haar
Und Jammergeheul und entblößter Brust:
"Adonis! Adonis!"

Es sinkt die Nacht. Bei Fackelschein
Sie suchen hin und her im Wald,
Der angstverwirret widerhallt
Vom Weinen und Lachen und Schluchzen und Schreien:
"Adonis! Adonis!"

Das wunderschöne Jünglingsbild,
Es liegt am Boden blaß und tot,
Das Blut färbt alle Blumen rot,
Und Klagelaut die Luft erfüllt:
"Adonis! Adonis!"

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA SPA

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Spring festival

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

This is the spring-tide's mournful feast;
   The frantic troops of blooming girls
   Are rushing hither with flying curls,
Mourning they smite their bare white breast,
            Adonis! Adonis!

The night has come. By the torches' gleams
   They search the forest on every side,
   That echoes with anguish far and wide,
With tears, mad laughter, and sobs and screams,
            Adonis! Adonis!

The mortal youth so strangely fair,
   Lies on the cold turf pale and dead;
   His heart's blood staineth the flowers red,
And a wild lament fulfills the air,
            Adonis! Adonis!

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Frühlingsfeier", appears in Neue Gedichte, in Romanzen, no. 2 FRE SPA ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Banck, Yehezkel Braun, A. Lehman Engel, Don Forsythe, Robert Franz, Géza Frid, Ture Rangström, Richard Georg Strauss, Victor Urbancic, Karl Weigl, Lothar Windsperger. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
Line count: 15
Word count: 89