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Nun weiß ich doch, 's ist Frühling...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun weiß ich doch, 's ist Frühling wieder.
Ich sah es nicht vor so viel Nacht
und lange hatt' ich's nicht gedacht.
Nun merk' ich erst, schon blüht der Flieder.

Wie fand ich das Geheimnis wieder?
Man hatte mich darum gebracht.
Was hat die Welt aus uns gemacht!
Ich dreh' mich um, da blüht der Flieder.

Und danke Gott, er schuf mich wieder,
indem er wiederschuf die Pracht.
Sie anzuschauen aufgewacht,
so bleib' ich stehn. Noch blüht der Flieder.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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H. Eisler sets stanzas 1-2

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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) , "Lilac", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
Line count: 12
Word count: 79

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Now I know, despite everything, that it is spring again.
I did not see it for so much night
And for a long time I did not think it.
Now I notice for the first time, the lilac is already blooming.

How did I find the secret again?
I had been robbed of it.
What has the world made of us!
I turn around -- there blooms the lilac.

And I thank God; He created me anew,
As He created again all the splendour.
Awakened to gaze upon it once more,
I remain standing.  The lilac still blooms.

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Eisler's title: "German spring"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Kraus (1874 - 1936), "Flieder", appears in Worte in Versen, first published 1919 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hanns Eisler, Ernst Křenek, Krzysztof Penderecki. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-04-15.
Last modified: 2018-07-31 20:11:28
Line count: 12
Word count: 97