by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)
Translation © by Wijtse Rodenburg

First, April, she with mellow showers
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT DUT FRE GER
First, April, she with mellow showers
Opens the way for early flowers,
Then after her comes smiling May
In a more rich and sweet array,
Next enters June and brings us more
Gems than those two that went before,
Then (lastly,) July comes and she
More wealth brings in than all those three;
April! May! June! July!

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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) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "April komt met haar milde regen", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Pauline Kroger) , "De opeenvolging van de vier zachte maanden", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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April komt met haar milde regen
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the English 
April komt met haar milde regen
de eerste lentebloemen tegen:
Na haar komt mei, zo teder mooi
in rijker en nog zoet're tooi;
Meer nog dan die twee daarvoor
gaat nu juni flonkerend door;
Maar dan is't juli's beurt en zie:
zij overtreft ze alledrie;
april, mei, juni, juli!

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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Word count: 49