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Moderen synger

Language: Norwegian (Bokmål)

Gretchen ligger i kiste 
dybt i den sorte muld. 
Gav jeg hende en kyse, 
foret med røden guld. 

Sænked i sorten kiste 
Gretchen så skjær og fin. 
La' de kolde små hænder 
over det hvide lin. 

Ene i natten jeg sidder, 
Stormene går over hav, 
river alle de blomster 
fra lille Gretchens grav. --

Translation(s): FIN FRE GER

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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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Wilhelm Henzen) , title 1: "Die Mutter singt", published 1892
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title 1: "Äiti laulaa", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La mère chante", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37
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Word count: 53

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La mère chante

Language: French (Français) after the Norwegian (Bokmål)

Gretchen gît dans un cercueil
sous la terre noire.
Je lui ai donné un bonnet
doublé d'or rouge.

J'ai descendu dans son noir cercueil
Gretchen, si pure et si belle.
Posé ses froides petites mains
sur le linceul blanc.

Je suis seule dans la nuit,
les tempêtes passent sur la mer,
elles arrachent toutes les fleurs
de la tombe de la petite Gretchen.

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  • Translation from Norwegian (Bokmål) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in Norwegian (Bokmål) by Vilhelm Krag (1871 - 1933), "Moderen synger", appears in Digte, in Sommersange, first published 1894 FIN GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-02-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:47
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Word count: 63