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Ich lieb' eine Blume, doch weiß ich...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich lieb' eine Blume, doch weiß ich nicht welche;
Das macht mir Schmerz.
Ich schau' in alle Blumenkelche
Und such' ein Herz.

Es duften die Blumen im Abendscheine,
Die Nachtigall schlägt.
Ich such' ein Herz, so schön wie das meine,
So schön bewegt.

Die Nachtigall schlägt, und ich verstehe
Den süßen Gesang:
Uns beiden ist so bang' und wehe,
So weh und bang.


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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) , "I love a flower", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'aime une fleur, mais ne sais point laquelle", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 63

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J'aime une fleur, mais ne sais point laquelle

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

J'aime une fleur, mais ne sais point laquelle ;
Cela me peine.
Je cherche tous les calices
Pour y trouver un cœur.

Dans la lumière du soir les fleurs embaument,
Le rossignol chante.
Je cherche un cœur aussi beau que le mien,
Aussi joliment agité.

Le rossignol chante, et je comprends
Sa douce chanson :
Nous sommes tous deux si affligés et inquiets,
Si inquiets et affligés.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Neuer Frühling, no. 4 ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Altmann, Willem Andriessen, C. Becker, Jules Bleichmann, Otto C. Boehringer, Th. Bredsdorff, Robert Franz, Ferdinand von Hiller, A. Kaiser, Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner, Arno Kleffel, O. K. Klemm, Armin Knab, Emma Kodály, Leopoldo Langwara, Albert Levinsohn, August Lindner, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Jakob Rosenhain, Vicente Scaramuzza, Josef Scheu, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, Anton Urspruch, Usatov, Mario Van Overeem, Marie Vanden Heuvel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-02-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:15
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Word count: 67