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Wer hat euch gesagt, ihr Birken

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer hat euch gesagt, ihr Birken,
Schön das weiße Kleid zu wirken
Und den Kranz zu tun ins Haar,
Wie die Maid am Traualtar?

"Seit uns Sonnenstrahlen küssten,
Ist uns so, als ob wir müssten,
Da doch jeder, der verliebt,
Schön zu sein sich Mühe gibt."

Nun, so will ich mit euch Bäumen
Auch ein weißes Kleid mir säumen,
Will mir flechten einen Kranz,
Denn ich steh' in Liebe ganz.

Translation(s): ENG

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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) , "Who told you, you birches", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:13
Line count: 12
Word count: 70

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Who told you, you birches

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Who told you, you birches,
To weave your white gown beautifully
And to put a wreath in your hair,
Like the maiden before the altar at her wedding?

"Ever since we were kissed by sunbeams
It seemed to us as though we simply must,
Because everyone who is in love
Takes trouble over looking beautiful."

Then I, too, will with you trees
Hem myself a white dress,
I will weave myself a wreath,
For I am utterly in love.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Barth, Hans Schmidt. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-05-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:13
Line count: 12
Word count: 79