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Der Lenz ist da

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Lenz ist da 
Und fern und nah 
Gibt's neue Weisen und Lieder;
Wie einst Merlin, 
So lausch ich hin
Und Alles schreib' ich nieder.

Hoch in der Luft,
Was die Lerche ruft,
Was die Drossel klagt im Holunder,
Was den Rosen all'
[Die Nachtigall
Flötet: Sagen und Wunder]1,

Was die Schlange klug 
Ihre Kinder frug, 
Die im Sonnenlichte schillern;
Was Hänfling und Fink 
Im Fluge flink 
Einander zwitschern und trillern,2

Was die Vögel gewusst, 
Die voll Wanderlust 
Aus dem Süden erst gekommen,
Was im Walde tief 
[An]3 Märchen schlief, 
Hab' Alles, Alles vernommen.

Hab' es abgelauscht, 
Was lenzberauscht 
Die Glockenblumen läuten; --
Lieder und Melodie'n, 
Wie Merlin
Kann ich sie deuten.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Heinrich Leuthold, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Frauenfeld, Verlag von J. Huber, 1884, p. 18.

1 Wurm: "Flötet die Nachtigall / Die lieblichsten Sagen und Wunder"
2 Wurm inserts here: "Tiö, Tiö, Tiö, Tiö, Tiö, Tiö, Tiö, Tiö" (i.e., eight of them)
3 Huber: "In"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Othmar Schoeck.

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Florence Z. Marshall) , title 1: "Spring music"

Text added to the website: 2007-05-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:21
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Word count: 111

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Spring music

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The spring is here,
And, far and near,
Birds' songs the young year christen.
Like Merlin old,
With book unrolled,
I write as I lie and listen.
High, high in the air,
The lark trills clear
And the thrush to the lilac whispers,
To the roses pale
Sings the nightingale,
The sweetest love-songs for Vespers.
And the serpent wise,
As it basking lies,
And the ring doves, cooing and billing,
All take a part,
With their self-taught art,
In the linnets' twitt'ring and trilling.
I know it all,
The first glad call,
Of the north-returning swallow,
And the legend old
That the fairies told
To violets, hid in the hollow!
What the flower bells ring,
To greet the spring,
As Zephyrs softly blow them;
All are my book within!
Like Merlin
All, all, I know them!

From the Wurm score

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2012-05-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:54
Line count: 30
Word count: 136