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Die Fenster klär' ich zum Feiertag

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Fenster klär' ich zum Feiertag,
Daß sich die Sonn' drin spiegeln mag,
Und klär' und denke gar mancherlei.
Da geht er stolz vorbei!

So sehr muss ich da erschrocken sein,
Daß ich gleich brach in die Scheiben hinein,
Und gleich auch kam das Blut gerannt
Rot über meine Hand.

Und mag sie auch bluten, meine Hand,
Und mag mich auch schmerzen der böse Brand,
Hast einen Blick doch herauf geschickt,
Als laut das Glas geknickt.

Und in die Augen dir hab' ich gesehn;
Ach Gott, wie lang ist es nicht geschehn!
Hast mich ja nicht einmal angeblickt,
Als leis mein Herz geknickt!

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE

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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)

  • by (Friedrich) August Bungert (1845 - 1915), "Die Fenster klär' ich", op. 49 (Neue Volks- und Handwerker-Lieder : Neunzig Lieder / Neue Volkslieder nach alten und neuen Gedichten für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 45, published 1894 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Leede [ sung text not verified ]
  • by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Die Fensterscheibe", op. 107 (Sechs Gesänge für Singstimme und Klavier) no. 2 (1851), published 1852 [voice and piano], Cassel, Luckhardt [ sung text verified 1 time]
  • by Jules de Swert (1843 - 1891), "Die Fenster klär' ich zum Feiertag", op. 31 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 4, published 1876 [voice and piano], Mainz, Schott [ sung text not verified ]

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vensterruit", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Uri Liebrecht) , "The window pane", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The windowpane", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le carreau de la fenêtre", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Le carreau de la fenêtre

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

Je lavais les fenêtres pour la fête,
Pour qu'ils puissent refléter le soleil,
Je lavais et je pensais à plein de choses,
Quand il passa devant fièrement !

J'en fus si effrayée
Que je brisais le carreau,
Et en un rien de temps le sang jaillit
Rouge sur ma main.

Et bien que ma main saignât,
Et que ce maudit feu me brûlât,
Tu jetas un regard vers le haut
Quand le carreau se brisa.

Et je te regardais dans les yeux ;
Mon Dieu, comme c'était il y a longtemps !
Tu ne m'a jamais donné un regard
Alors que mon cœur se brisait en silence !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Titus Ulrich (1813 - 1891) DUT ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): August Bungert, Robert Schumann, Jules de Swert. Go to the text.


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