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Ich sah als Knabe Blumen blühn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich sah als Knabe Blumen blühn -
Ich weiß nicht mehr, was war es doch?
Ich sah die Sonne drüber glühn -
Mich dünkt, ich seh' es noch.

Es war ein Duft, es war ein Glanz,
Die Seele sog ihn durstend ein.
Ich pflückte sie zu einem Kranz - 
Wo mag er blieben sein?

Ich such' an jedem Blümchen nach
Um jenen Schmelz, um jenes Licht,
Ich forsche jeden Sommertag -
Doch solche find' ich nicht.

Ihr wußtet nimmer, was ich trieb?
Ich suchte meinen alten Kranz.
Er war so frisch, so licht, so lieb -
Es war der Jugendglanz.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Homesickness III", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Nostalgia III", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mal du pays III", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Heimwee III", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Mal du pays III

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

Quand j'étais petit garçon, je voyais des fleurs fleurir,
Je ne sais plus comment c'était.
Je voyais le soleil briller dessus --
Il me semble que je le vois encore.

Il y avait un parfum, il y avait un éclat,
L'âme le buvait avidement.
Je les cueillais et faisais une couronne --
Où cela pouvait être ?

Je cherche maintenant dans chaque fleur
Cette éclat, cette lumière.
Je recherche chaque jour d'été --
Mais je ne trouve pas une telle chose.

Vous ne saurais jamais ce que je faisais.
Je cherchais mon ancienne couronne.
Elle était si fraîche, si lumineuse, si chère --
C'était l'éclat de la jeunesse.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Text added to the website: 2012-09-01.
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