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Heute will ich fröhlich, fröhlich seyn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heute will ich fröhlich, fröhlich seyn,
  Keine Weis' und keine Sitte hören,
Will mich wälzen, und für Freude schreyn,
  Und der König soll mir das nicht wehren!

Denn Er kömmt, mit seiner Freuden Schaar,
  Heute aus der Morgenröthe Hallen,
Einen Blumenkranz um Brust und Haar,
  Und auf seiner Schulter Nachtigallen;

Und sein Antlitz ist ihm roth und weiß,
  Und er träuft von Thau und Duft und Segen -
Ha! mein Thyrsus sey ein Knospenreis,
  Und so tauml' ich meinen Freund' entgegen.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, I. und II. Theil. [Wandsbeck 1775], page 194; and with Poetische Blumenlese Auf das Jahr 1775. Göttingen und Gotha bey Johann Christian Dieterich, page 97.

First published in Der Deutsche, sonst Wandsbecker Bothe. Ao. 1774. No. 84. Freytags, den 27ten May.


Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de eerste meimorgen", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Today I want to be happy, happy", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le premier matin de mai", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2017-09-28 11:09:21
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Le premier matin de mai

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Aujourd'hui je veux être heureux, heureux,
Je ne veux pas entendre parler de bonne manière et de morale,
Je veux me rouler partout et crier de joie,
Et le roi lui-même ne m'en empêchera pas.

Car il arrive avec sa troupe joyeuse
Aujourd'hui des palais de l'aurore,
Avec une couronne de fleurs autour de la poitrine et de sa chevelure
Et des rossignols sur son épaule.

Et son visage est rouge et blanc,
Et il laisse tomber goutte à goutte rosée et parfum et bénédiction.
Ah ! que mon thyrse soit un rameau en bourgeons
Et qu'ainsi je puisse tituber vers mon ami.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Der Frühling. Am ersten Maymorgen", written 1774, first published 1774 DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Willy Burkhard, Hermann Reutter, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2010-04-08.
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