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Die Luft ist blau, das Thal ist grün

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Luft ist blau, das Thal ist grün,
Die kleinen Maienklocken blühn,
Und Schlüsselblumen drunter;
Der Wiesengrund
Ist schon so bunt,
Und malt sich täglich bunter.

Drum komme, wem der Mai gefällt,
Und [schaue froh die schöne]1 Welt
Und Gottes Vatergüte,
Die solche Pracht
Den Baum und seine Blüte.


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1783, page 132; and with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Neu besorgt und vermehrt von Johann Heinrich Voss. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1804, page 172.

Note: This is the version as published by Voß. The initial version of this poem, according to Hölty's manuscript, is quite different. It has the title "Maylied" and begins with "Der Anger steht so grün ..." (see below).

1 Voß' editions before 1804: "freue sich der schönen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lentelied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "Spring song", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kevätlaulu", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "Canto di primavera", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Canción de la primavera", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-01-14 10:07:20
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Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the German (Deutsch)

Taivas on sininen, laakso vihreä,
pienet pienet kielot kukkivat
ja kevätesikot alempana;
on jo niin värikäs
ja tulee päivä päivältä värikkäämmäksi.

Tulkoon siis jokainen, jota kevät miellyttää,
ja katsokoon iloisena kaunista maailmaa
ja Jumalan isällistä hyvyyttä,
joka kaiken tämän kauneuden
on saanut aikaan,
myös puun kukoistuksessaan.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2010 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 German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Frühlingslied", written 1773, first published 1776 CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Blasser, H. A. J. Campbell, Hans Fleischer, Georg Eduard Goltermann, Franciscus Johannes van der Heijden, Eugen Hildach, Hans Heinrich XIV, Graf Bolko von Hochberg, Ignaz Moscheles, Joachim Raff, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-01-12.
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