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Vor der Ernte

Language: German (Deutsch)

[An wolkenreinem]1 Himmel geht
Die blanke Sichel schön,
Im Korne drunter wogt und weht
Und rauscht und wühlt der Föhn.

Sie wandert voller Melodie
Hochüber durch das Land,
Früh morgen schwingt die Schnittrin sie
Mit sonnenbrauner Hand.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Hausegger: "Am wolkenreinen"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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):

  • ENG English (Peter Palmer) , title 1: "Before the harvest", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-02-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

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Before the harvest

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

There moves below a cloudless sky
The gleaming scythe so smooth,
Amid the corn where blows and heaves
And soughs and rolls the foehn.

It travels, full of melody,
High across the land,
The early morning reaper plies it,
Her hands browned by the sun.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898), "Vor der Ernte"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Siegmund von Hausegger, Othmar Schoeck. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27
Line count: 8
Word count: 45