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O Winter, schlimmer Winter

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Winter, schlimmer Winter,
Wie ist die Welt so klein!
Du drängst uns all' in die Täler,
In die engen Hütten hinein.

Und geh' ich auch vorüber
An meiner Liebsten Haus,
Kaum sieht sie mit dem Köpfchen
Zum kleinen Fenster heraus.

Und nehm ich's Herz in die Hände
Und geh hinauf ins Haus:
Sie sitzt zwischen Vater und Mutter,
Schaut kaum zu den Äuglein heraus.

O Sommer, schöner Sommer,
Wie wird die Welt so weit!
Je höher man steigt auf die Berge,
Je weiter sie sich verbreit't.

Und stehest du auf dem Felsen,
Traut' Liebchen! ich rufe dir zu.
Die Halle sagen es weiter,
Doch Niemand hört es als du.

Und halt' ich dich in den Armen
Auf freien Bergeshöh'n:
Wir seh'n in die weiten Lande,
Und werden doch nicht geseh'n.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-2, 4-6 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-4, 6 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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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) (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Andrew Hudson) , "The shepherd's winter song", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chant d'hiver du pâtre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-01-28 10:11:24
Line count: 24
Word count: 131

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Le chant d'hiver du pâtre

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

Ô hiver, méchant hiver,
Comme le monde est petit !
Tu nous ramènes tous dans les vallées,
À l'intérieur d'étroites chaumières.

Et si je passe devant
La maison de ma bien-aimée,
C'est à peine si on voit sa petite tête
Regarder par sa petite fenêtre.

Et si prenant mon cœur à deux mains
Je monte à sa maison,
Elle est assise entre père et mère,
Et regarde à peine mes petits yeux.

Ô été, bel été,
Comme le monde s'agrandit !
Plus on monte haut dans la montagne,
Plus loin il s'élargit.

Et si tu te tiens sur un rocher,
Fidèle petite chérie,  je t'appelle.
L'écho le répète au loin,
Pourtant personne d'autre que toi n'entend.

Et si je te tiens dans mes bras
Sur les libres hauteurs de la montagne,
Nous regardons au loin le pays,
Et pourtant nous ne sommes pas vus.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Des Hirten Winterlied", written 1810, appears in Lieder DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Niels Wilhelm Gade, Conradin Kreutzer, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-11-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:07
Line count: 24
Word count: 144