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Wo bist du, Bild, das vor mir stand

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wo bist du, Bild, das vor mir stand,
Als ich im Garten träumte,
In's Haar den Rosmarin mir wand,
Der um mein Lager keimte?

Wo bist du, Bild, das vor mir stand,
Mir in die Seele blickte,
Und eine warme Mädchenhand
[Mir an die Wangen]1 drückte?

Nun such' ich dich, mit Harm erfüllt,
Bald bei des Dorfes Linden,
Bald in der Stadt, geliebtes Bild,
Und kann dich nirgends finden.

Nach jedem Fenster blick' ich hin,
Wo nur ein Schleier wehet,
Und habe [meine]2 Lieblingin
Noch nirgends ausgespähet.

Komm selber, süßes Bild der Nacht,
Komm mit den Engelsmienen,
Und [in]3 der leichten Schäfertracht,
Worin du mir erschienen!

Bring' mit die schwanenweiße Hand,
Die mir das Herzgestohlen,
Das purpurrote Busenband,
Das Sträußchen von Violen.

Dein großes blaues Augenpaar,
Woraus ein Engel blickte;
Die Stirne, die so freundlich war,
Und guten Abend nickte;

Den Mund, der Liebe Paradies,
Die kleinen Wangengrübchen,
Wo sich der Himmel offen wies:
Bring' alles mit, mein Liebchen!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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1 Zumsteeg: "An meine Wange"
2 Zumsteeg: "dich, o"
3 Zumsteeg: "mit"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The vision", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
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Word count: 159

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The vision

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Where are you, vision, that stood before me
as I dreamed in the garden,
and about me wound the hair of rosemary,
that sprouted near my bed?

Where are you, vision, that stood before me,
gazed into my soul,
and pressed a warm maiden's hand
to my cheek?

Now I search for you, my doom fulfilled,
right by the town linden tree,
right in the city, beloved vision,
and I can find you nowhere.

Into every window I peer
if even just a veil is blowing;
but my beloved one
I have been unable to find.

Come, sweet vision of night,
come with your angel's face -
and in the same light garb of the shepherd
in which you appeared before!

Bring to me with your swan-white hand
that stole my heart -
bring that purple-red bosom-band,
that little bouquet of violets.

Your large blue eyes,
from which an angel gazes out;
your brow that was so kindly,
and nodded good evening;

Your mouth, that paradise of love,
your little dimpled cheeks
that threw open the gates to heaven -
bring all of it with you, my love!

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