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Ihr verblühet, süße Rosen

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Ihr verblühet, süße Rosen,
 Meine Liebe trug euch nicht;
 [Blühtet]1, ach! dem Hoffnungslosen,
 Dem der Gram die Seele bricht!

 [Jener Tage denk' ich  trauernd,
 Als ich, Engel, an dir hing,
 Auf das erste Knöspchen lauernd
 Früh zu meinem Garten ging;]2

 Alle Blüten, alle Früchte
 Noch zu deinen Füßen trug
 Und vor deinem Angesichte
 [Hoffnung in dem]3 Herzen schlug.

 Ihr verblühet, süße Rosen,
 Meine Liebe trug euch nicht;
 Blühtet, ach! dem Hoffnungslosen,
 Dem der Gram die Seele bricht.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE SPA

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke nach den vorzüglichsten Quellen revidirte Ausgabe, Dritter Theil, Gedichte, herausgegeben und mit Anmerkungen begleitet von Dr. Fr. Strehlke, Berlin, Gustav Hempel, 1868, pages 74-75.

1 Grieg: "Blühet"
2 Mendelssohn-Hensel rearranges and modifies these lines to:
 Der auf erste Knöspchen lauernd
 früh zu seinem Garten ging,
 ach der Tage denk ich trauernd,
 als ich Engel an dir hing.
3 Mendelssohn-Hensel: "Hoffnung mir im"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Lau Kanen [Guest Editor] and 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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "You are wilting, sweet roses", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "El tiempo de las rosas", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Vous vous fanez, chères roses

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

 Vous vous fanez, chères roses,
 Mon amour ne vous soutenait pas ;
 Ah, fleurissez ! pour le désespéré,
 À qui le chagrin brise l'âme !

 [Je pense tristement à chaque jour,
 Où, mon ange, je m'accrochais à toi,
 Quand, guettant le premier petit bourgeon
 J'allais de bonne heure dans mon jardin ;]1

 Toutes ces fleurs, tous ces fruits,
 Je les apportais à tes pieds
 Et devant ton visage
 L'espoir faisait battre le cœur

 Vous vous fanez, chères roses,
 Mon amour ne vous soutenait pas ;
 Ah, fleurissez ! pour le désespéré,
 À qui le chagrin brise l'âme !

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Translation of title "Wehmut" = "Mélancolie"

1 Mendelssohn-Hensel:
De celui qui guettant le premier bourgeon
Allait de bonne heure dans son jardin,
Hélas, à ces jours je pense tristement,
Quand, mon ange, je m'accrochais à toi.


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Wehmut", appears in Erwin und Elmire CAT DUT ENG ENG SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Bolck, Oskar von Chelius, Hugo Dakon, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, Edvard Grieg, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Eugène Jámbor, Philipp Christoph Kayser, Armin Knab, Arnold Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Friedrich August Naubert, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Louis Schlottmann, Ferdinand Sieber. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-01-28 00:00:00.

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