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Moderen synger

Language: Norwegian (Bokmål)

Gretchen ligger i kiste 
dybt i den sorte muld. 
Gav jeg hende en kyse, 
foret med røden guld. 

Sænked i sorten kiste 
Gretchen så skjær og fin. 
La' de kolde små hænder 
over det hvide lin. 

Ene i natten jeg sidder, 
Stormene går over hav, 
river alle de blomster 
fra lille Gretchens grav. --

Translation(s): FIN FRE GER

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Wilhelm Henzen) , title 1: "Die Mutter singt", published 1892
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title 1: "Äiti laulaa", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La mère chante", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37
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Äiti laulaa

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the Norwegian (Bokmål)

Gretchen lepää arkussaan
syvällä mustassa mullassa.
minä olin antanut hänelle myssyn,
jonka vuorissa oli punaista ja kultaa.

Mustassa arkussa haudattiin
Gretchen, joka oli meille niin rakas.
Asettelin hänen pienet kylmät kätösensä
valkoisen pellavan päälle.

Yksin minä istun yössä,
myrsky pauhaa meren yllä
ja repii kaikki kukkaset
pikku Gretchenin haudalta.

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  • Translation from Norwegian (Bokmål) to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2009 by Erkki Pullinen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in Norwegian (Bokmål) by Vilhelm Krag (1871 - 1933), "Moderen synger", appears in Digte, in Sommersange, first published 1894 FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27
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