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Language: German (Deutsch)

Großvater und Großmutter,
Die saßen im Gartenhag,
Es lächelte still ihr Antlitz,
[Wie sonn'ger]1 Wintertag.

Die Arme verschlungen, ruhten
Ich und der Geliebte dabei,
Uns blühten und klangen die Herzen
Wie Blumenhaine im Mai.

Ein Bächlein rauschte vorüber
Mit plätscherndem Wanderlied;
Stumm zog das Gewölk am Himmel,
Bis unseren Blicken es schied.

Es [raschelte]2 von den Bäumen
Das Laub, verwelkt und zerstreut,
Und schweigend an uns vorüber
Zog leisen Schrittes die Zeit.

Stumm blickte auf's junge Pärchen
Das alte stille Paar;
Des Lebens Doppelspiegel
Stand vor uns licht und wahr:

Sie sahn uns an und dachten
Der schönen Vergangenheit;
Wir sahn sie an und dachten
Von ferner, [künftger]3 Zeit.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE POR

List of language codes

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1 Schumann: "Wie'n sonniger"
2 Schumann: "rasselte"
3 Schumann: "künftiger"

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Familieportret", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "Portrait of a family", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , "Portrait de famille", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Portugu├¬s) (Margarida Moreno) , "Retrato de Família", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-10-27 17:28:36
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Portrait of a family

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Grandfather and grandmother,
 they sat in the garden arbour;
 there was a silent smile on their faces,
 like a sunny winter's day.
 Arms intertwined,
 my beloved and I rested there,
 our hearts blossomed and sounded
 like flower groves in May.
 A little stream rippled by
 with a babbling hiking song;
 silently the clouds drifted in the sky,
 until they disappeared from our view.
 The withered foliage of the trees
 rustled and scattered,
 and in silence time with its soft footsteps
 passed by us.
 Without a word the old silent pair
 gazed on the young couple.
 A double mirror of life
 stood before us light and true.
 They looked at us and thought
 of the beautiful past.
 We looked at them and thought
 of times long in the future.

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