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Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Erde steht verschwiegen
Wie eine liebende Maid,
Sie hüllet ihren Busen
Ins weisse Winterkleid,
Doch schweigsam harrend trägt sie
Verschlossen tief in der Brust
Mit allen ihren Blumen
Die nahende Frühlingslust.

Die Blüten keimen verborgen
Im stillen seligen Drang,
Bis einst die liebende Sonne
Den Winterfrost bezwang,
Dann blühen sie und duften
Und schliessen die Kelche auf,
Und winden ihre Grüße
Der harrenden Sonne hinauf.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Winter", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Hiver", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:00
Line count: 16
Word count: 66

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The world stands discreetly
Like a maiden in love,
It conceals its bosom
In a white wintery dress,
But silently abiding it carries
Locked deep in its breast
With all of its flowers
The coming joy of spring.

The blossoms swell secretly
In quiet blissful compulsion
Until the loving sun
Conquers the winter's frost,
Then they bloom and give forth their scents
And open up their calyces
And twine their greetings
Up to the waiting sun.

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:37
Line count: 16
Word count: 76