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Die Nonne

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Garten steht die Nonne
Bei Rosen in der Sonne,
Die ihr ein Kränzlein flechten
Zur Linken und zur Rechten.

Herüber aus dem Saale
Erklingt vom Hochzeitsmahle
Das Tanzen und das Singen;
Die Braut möcht jeder schwingen.

Sie kühlet hold umfangen
Am Fenster sich die Wangen;
Die Nonne schaut herüber,
Ihr gehn die Augen über:

"Wie glüht im Rosenglanze
Sie unterm weißen Kranze,
Und unter roter Rose
Erbleich ich Freudenlose.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Submitted by Margo Briessinck


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) , "De non", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The nun", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La nonne", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
Line count: 16
Word count: 70

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The nun

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The nun stands in the garden
In the sunshine beside the roses,
Which braid a wreath for her
On the left and on the right.

Across to her from the grand hall,
Where a wedding feast is taking place,
Come the sounds of dancing and of singing;
Everyone wishes to take a turn dancing with the bride.

Lovingly embraced, she cools
Her cheeks at the window;
The nun looks over to her
And her eyes overflow with tears:

"How she glows with the radiance of a rose
Und the white wreath,
And under red roses
I, the joyless one, grow pallid."

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Text added to the website: 2013-06-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:13
Line count: 16
Word count: 101