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Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun weht auf der Heide der scharfe Nordost,
am Vordach hangt der Zapfen aus Eis,
die Tannen schütteln sich rings vor Frost,
und Feld und Kirchhof sind silberweiß.
Im Dorf verschneit liegt jeglicher Pfad,
ein Weg nur führet zur Schenke allein,
und geh ich dort grade des Abend spat,
so tret ich hinein:
O mein Käthchen, mein Mädchen, nun bring mir Wein!

O liebes Käthchen, nun sing mir ein Lied
von der sonnigen, wonnigen Frühlingszeit!
Und wenn erst wieder die Schwalbe zieht,
so sollst du schauen, wie hold sich's freit.
Und wenn auf's neu der Winter sich naht,
da schert kein Wind uns von Ost und von West;
am lodernden Herde sitzen wir spat
im traulichen Rest
und küssen uns warm und umschlingen uns fest.

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Winter", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-02-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38
Line count: 18
Word count: 125

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The sharp north east wind is now blowing on the heath,
From the porch hang icicles,
The firs round about are shaking from the frost,
And field and churchyard are silvery white.
In the village every pathway is snowed under,
The only discernable track leads to the pub
And if I happen to be walking there late in the evening
I enter.
Oh Kathy, my girl, now bring me wine!

Oh dear Kathy, now sing me a song
Of the sunny, joyous springtime!
And when the swallow returns again
Then you shall see how lovely it is to go a-courting.
And when the winter approaches anew,
Then we shall be bothered by neither east wind nor west wind;
By the glowing hearth we shall sit late
In cosy rest
And kiss warmly and embrace fervently.

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Text added to the website: 2010-11-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:09
Line count: 18
Word count: 135