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Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn,
Röslein auf der Heiden,
War so jung und morgenschön,
Lief er schnell es nah zu sehn,
Sah's mit vielen Freuden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.
Knabe sprach: ich breche dich,
Röslein auf der Heiden!
Röslein sprach: ich steche dich,
Daß du ewig denkst an mich,
Und ich will's nicht leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.
Und der wilde Knabe brach
's Röslein auf der Heiden;
Röslein wehrte sich und stach,
Half [ihr]1 doch kein Weh und Ach,
Mußt' es eben leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 17.

First published in a different version by Johann Gottfried Herder in 1772 with the title "Fabelliedchen", and again in 1779 with the title "Röschen auf der Heide" (see below).

1 Reichardt: "ihm"

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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)

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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
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "野地上的小玫瑰", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Heideroosje", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "Rose blossom on the heath", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Roselet on the heather", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Bélanger) , "Rose sauvage"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Petite rose de la lande", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Rosellina selvaggia", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-10-15 19:00:37

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Language: Chinese (中文) after the German (Deutsch)

看著它  滿懷喜悅
小玫瑰  小玫瑰  紅色的小玫瑰

小玫瑰  小玫瑰  紅色的小玫瑰

小玫瑰  小玫瑰  紅色的小玫瑰

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Heidenröslein", written 1771, first published 1772 CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE HUN HUN ITA POL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Ludwig van Beethoven, Adolphe Blanc, Johannes Brahms, Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, Jeannette Antonie Bürde, née Milder, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Constantin Decker, Heinrich Dorn, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Eduard August Grell, Peter Grønland, Georg Christoph Grossheim, Hans Harthan, Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Moritz Hauptmann, Carl Gottlieb Hering, Alexis Holländer, Rafael Joseffy, Johann Christoph Kienlen, Arno Kleffel, Franz Lehár, Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, Heinrich Meyer, Ferdinand Möhring, Hans Georg Nägeli, Karl Guido Nakonz, Johann Joseph David Naret-Koning, Béla Nemes Hegyi, Franz Otto, Rudolf Philipp, Bruno Ramann, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Andreas Jakob Romberg, Heinrich von Sahr, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, August Schuster, Ferdinand Stegmayer, Wilhelm Taubert, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, August Heinrich von Weyrauch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-06-20 00:00:00.

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