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Herr, was trägt der Boden hier

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

Herr, was trägt der Boden hier,
Den du tränkst so bitterlich?
»Dornen, liebes Herz, für mich,
Und für dich der Blumen Zier.«

Ach, wo solche Bäche rinnen,
Wird ein Garten da gedeihn?
»Ja, und wisse! Kränzelein,
Gar verschiedne, flicht man drinnen.«

O mein Herr, zu wessen Zier
Windet man die Kränze? sprich!
»Die von Dornen sind für mich,
Die von Blumen reich ich dir.«

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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 (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , title 1: "Lord, what does this ground bear", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Word count: 64

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Seigneur, que porte le sol ici

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

Seigneur, que porte le sol ici
Que tu imbibes si amèrement ?
« Des épines, cher cœur, pour moi,
Et pour toi une guirlande de fleurs. »

Ah, où de tels ruisseaux coulent,
Un jardin, fleurira-t-il ?
« Oui, et sache-le ! Des petites couronnes
Très différentes sont tressées ici. »

Oh, mon Seigneur, pour orner qui
Ces couronnes sont-elles tressées ? Parle !
« Celles d'épines sont pour moi,
Celles de fleurs je te les offre. »

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Text added to the website: 2011-12-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:43
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Word count: 78