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Im Lenz

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sag' an, du Träumer am lichten Tag.
Was willst du heut' mit dem Bangen?
Du wandelst so stumm durch Lenz und Hag,
Als wärst du von Blindheit befangen.

"Ich bin nicht blind und sehe doch nicht,
Mir ist nicht dunkel und ist nicht licht.
Könnt' lachen und könnte weinen.
Doch sagen könnt' ich es keinem."

O sieht dich die Sonne so freundlich an, 
Was sollen dir Schmerz und Reue?
Wirf ab deine Last, du trauriger Mann,
Und freu' dich an Sonne und Bläue.

"Mich freut keine Sonne, mich freut kein Blau
Und hab' doch den Frühling so gerne.
Ach, die ich allein nur am liebsten erschau,
Die weilt schon lang in der Ferne."

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "In primavera", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Au printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "In Spring", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
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Word count: 113

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Au printemps

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

Dis-moi, toi le rêveur en plein jour,
Que veux-tu dire aujourd'hui avec ces craintes ?
Tu traverses si silencieusement printemps et bosquet,
Comme si tu étais frappé de cécité.

"Je ne suis pas aveugle et pourtant je ne vois pas,
Il ne fait pas sombre, mais il ne fait pas jour,
Je pourrais rire et je mourrais pleurer.
Mais je ne pourrais en parler à personne."

Oh le soleil te sourit si doucement,
Que te veulent souffrance et regret ?
Pose ton fardeau, homme triste,
Et réjouis-toi du soleil et du ciel bleu.

"Je n'ai de plaisir ni du soleil, ni du ciel bleu
Et pourtant j'aime tant le printemps.
Hélas, celle que j'aime voir plus que tout
Est partie au loin depuis longtemps."

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (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: 2009-06-14.
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