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Kurzes Erwachen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich bin im Mai gegangen
Und hab' es nicht gewußt,
Also von Schmerz befangen
Ist die erkrankte Brust.

Ein Vogel hat gesungen
Im jungbelaubten Wald,
Da ist ins Herz gedrungen
Mir seine Stimme bald.

Vom Aug' ist mir gefallen
Ein schwerer [Tränentau]1,
Drauf sah den Mai ich wallen
Durch Erd' und Himmel blau.

Als Vogel ausgesungen
Flog er ins weite Land,
Und wie sein Lied verklungen,
Um mich der Mai verschwand.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Justinus Kerner Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 72

1 Winkelmeier: "Tränenflor"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kort ontwaken", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael Berridge) , "Brief awakening", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bref réveil", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-08-27 21:56:01

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Brief awakening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I went out in May
And did not know it,
So racked with pain
Was my stricken breast.

A bird sang
In the young-leafed wood,
His voice soon
Penetrated my heart.

From my eye fell
A heavy dew of tears,
Then I saw May flowing
Through earth and blue sky.

When the bird had sung its song
It flew far away,
And as its song ebbed away,
So May vanished all around me.

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