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Als er, Sami, mit dir jüngst Blumen...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Als [er]1, Sami, mit dir jüngst Blumen brach in dem Garten,
Stach [ihn]2 ein Bienchen, und heiß schmerzte die blutende Hand.
Weise [rietest du ihm]3 mit Erde zu kühlen die Wunde,
Und der brennende Schmerz schwand, und die Wunde ward heil.
Sami, wird auch die Wunde, die in dem Herzen ihm blutet,
Dann erst gekühlet und heil, wenn sie die Erde bedeckt?

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Goethes Werke, herausgegeben im Auftrage der Grossherzogin Sophie von Sachsen, Band 5 (Volume 5), Erste Abtheilung (Part 1), Weimar, Hermann Böhlau, 1893, page 49.

Note: see also the extremely similar poem by Justus Friedrich Zehelein titled Der Bienenstich.

1 Sterkel: "ich"
2 Sterkel: "mich"
3 Sterkel: "rieth'st du mir"

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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)

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) (W. Kommer) , "To Sami", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-02-07 15:17:59

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Word count: 62

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To Sami

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 When recently Sami and you picked flowers in the garden, 
 a bee stung him, and hotly the bleeding hand ached. 
 Wisely, you did advise him, to cool the wound with earth, 
 and the burning pain dwindled, and the wound was healed.
 Sami! Sami, will also the bleeding wound of the heart,
 then first be cooled and healed, when it is covered with earth?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "An Sami", subtitle: "Indisches Gedicht"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Blum, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Johann Xaver Sterkel. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30

Line count: 6
Word count: 64