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Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht

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

Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht,    
Es fiel auf die [zarten]1 Blaublümelein:
Sie sind verwelket, [verdorrt]2.

Ein Jüngling hatte ein Mädchen lieb;   
Sie flohen heimlich [von]3 Hause fort,
Es [wußt']4 weder Vater noch Mutter.

Sie sind gewandert hin und her,
Sie haben gehabt weder Glück noch Stern,
Sie sind [verdorben, gestorben]5.


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Author's note: Dieses ist ein wirkliches Volkslied, welches ich am Rheine gehört --Heine (Translation: This is a real folksong that I heard on the Rhein)

1 Hiller, Mendelssohn: "bunten"
2 Hermann, Hiller, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Schumann: "verdorret"
3 Rubinstein: "vom"
4 Hermann, Hiller: "wusst's"
5 Hiller, Mendelssohn, C. Schumann: words reversed.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Blaublümelein", collected by Arnim and Brentano
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Magnus Böhme, Rubin Goldmark, Armin Knab, Robert Konta, Wilhelm Petersen, Joseph Rheinberger, Johan August Söderman. Go to the text.

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (August Matthijs)
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Er viel eens rijp in de lentenacht", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "There fell a frost on a night of Spring", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Discese la brina...", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canzone popolare", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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