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Jag är ett träd

Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Jag är ett träd, som lofvat godt och säkert hållit vid,
om storm ej plundrat mig på blad midt i min sommars tid.

Nu sträcker nakna grenar jag förtviflad opp mot skyn,
fast allt omkring bär sommarns färg och ter en härlig syn.

O, när skall jag mig dölja få, när unnas jag att dö?
O, hvad jag längtar efter dig, du kalla, hvita snö!

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER GER

List of language codes

Confirmed with Ernst Josephson, Svarta Rosor och Gula, C. & E. Gernandts Förlags Aktiebolag, Stockholm, 1901, page 132.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Herbert Harper) , "The tree"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Minä olen puu", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je suis un arbre", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Theobald Rehbaum) , "Der kahle Baum"

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
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Minä olen puu

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Minä olen puu, joka lupasin paljon hyvää ja olisin lupaukseni pitänytkin,
ellei myrsky olisi riistänyt minulta lehtiäni keskellä kesäni aikaa.

Nyt ojentelen alastomia oksiani epätoivoissani taivasta kohti,
vaikka kaikki ympärilläni hehkuu kesän väreissä ja näyttää aivan ihanalta.

Voi, milloin pääsen piiloutumaan, milloin saan kuolla?
Voi, miten sinua kaipaankaan, sinä kylmä ja valkea lumi!

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Text added to the website: 2010-01-14T00:00:00.
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