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Fraue, du Süße

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hab' es nie gewußt, was Liebe ist.
Es ist so, daß man Tod und Welt vergißt,
Und Glück und Leid und alles was es gibt,
Und daß man liebt.

Und ist so, daß die leichte Siegerkraft
Im Arm sich reckt, die Königreiche schafft,
Daß man im Kissen liegt die ganze Nacht
Und weint und lacht.

Was ist die Welt? Ein Stäubchen auf der Hand.
Der größte Berg, ein kleines Körnchen Sand.
Kein Hauch. Kein Laut. Nur ein Gedanke da:
Du bist mir nah!

Translation(s): ENG FRE NOR

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Confirmed with Rosen von Ludwig Finckh, mit einer Einführung von Otto Julius Bierbaum, Vierte Auflage, Stuttgart und Berlin: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1912, page 142

Submitted by Jakob Kellner and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Femme, douce", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , title 1: "Kvinne, du vakre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Woman, you sweet one", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-04-28 06:51:13
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Kvinne, du vakre

Language: Norwegian (Bokmål) after the German (Deutsch)

Jeg har aldri visst hva kjærlighet er.
Det er slik at man glemmer døden og verden,
og lykke og lidelse og alt hva ellers finnes,
og at man elsker.

Og det er slik at den enkle seierskraften
strekker seg ut i armen, og skaper kongeriker,
at man hele natten ligger på puten
og gråter og ler.

Hva er verden? Et støvkorn på hånden.
Det største fjellet, et lite sandkorn.
Ikke et vindpust. Ingen lyd. Der finnes kun en tanke:
Du er meg nær!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Finckh (1876 - 1964), appears in Rosen, no. 6 ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Karl Weigl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-02-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:47
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Word count: 83