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Es steht mein Lied in Nacht und Frost

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es steht mein Lied in Nacht und Frost, 
Die alles Leben tödten, 
Und harrt vergebens, ob der Ost 
Nicht wieder mag erröthen. 

So steht es nun ein ganzes Jahr 
In dieser Nacht, der kalten, 
Und dennoch grünt's noch immerdar, 
Wer hat es wohl erhalten ? 

Du nicht, du nicht, von aller Welt 
Bewundert und beneidet. 
Der hat's getan, der auf dem Feld 
Die Lilien [bekleidet]1.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "kleidet"

Submitted by John H. Campbell


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 (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "Who has done this", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Qui l'a fait?", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
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Word count: 65

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Qui l'a fait?

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

Mon chant est de nuit et de gel
qui tuent toute vie
et il attend vainement
qu'il plaise à l'est de rougir encore.

Il est resté maintenant toute une année
dans cette nuit, froide
et pourtant il verdit toujours,
qui a bien pu le maintenir?

Pas toi, pas toi, du monde entier
admirée et jalousée.
Celui qui l'a fait est celui qui dans le pré
habille les lis.

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Text added to the website: 2010-05-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:40
Line count: 12
Word count: 68