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Frage und Antwort

Language: German (Deutsch)

Fragst du mich, woher die bange
Liebe mir zum Herzen kam,
Und warum ich ihr nicht lange
Schon den [bittern]1 Stachel nahm?

Sprich, warum mit Geisterschnelle
Wohl der Wind die Flügel rührt,
Und woher die süße Quelle
Die verborgnen Wasser führt?

Banne du auf seiner Fährte
Mir den Wind in vollem Lauf!
Halte mit der Zaubergerte
Du die süßen Quellen auf!

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Eduard Mörike, Neunte, mit einem Nachtrag vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, G. J. Göschen'sche Verlagshandlung, 1890, pages 49-50.

1 Wetzel: "bittren"

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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 (Charles James Pearson) , "Question and answer", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Question et réponse", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Question réponse", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Domanda e risposta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-09-28 16:07:42
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Question et réponse

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

Me demandes-tu d'où ce craintif
Amour me vient dans le cœur,
Et pourquoi d'elle il n'y a guère
J'ai accepté cet aiguillon amer ?

Dis-moi, pourquoi avec la vitesse de l'esprit
Le vent agite ses ailes,
Et d'où la douce source
Obtient-elle son eau cachée ?

Bannis de son chemin
Pour moi le vent à pleine vitesse !
Arrête avec ta baguette magique
Le flot de la douce source !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Frage und Antwort" ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hugo Distler, Thomas Donecker, Thomas Hennig, Franz von Holstein, Fritz Schieri, Manfred Schlenker, Wolfgang Ulrich, Sergio Vesely, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-11-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:42
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Word count: 70