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Als ich nun zum ersten Male

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Als ich nun zum ersten Male
Wieder durch den Garten ging,
Busch und Bächlein in dem Thale
Lustig an zu plaudern fing.

  Blumen halbverstohlen blickten
Neckend aus dem Gras heraus,
Bunte Schmetterlinge schickten
Sie sogleich auf Kundschaft aus.

  Auch der Kuckuck in den Zweigen
Fand sich bald zum Spielen ein,
Endlich brach der Baum das Schweigen:
"Warum kommst du heut allein?"

  Da ich aber schwieg, da rührt' er
Wunderbar sein dunkles Haupt,
Und ein Flüstern konnt' ich spüren
Zwischen Vöglein, Blüth' und Laub.

  Thränen in dem Grase hingen,
Durch die abendstille Rund
Klagend nun die Quellen gingen,
Und ich weint' aus Herzensgrund.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's Werke. Erster Theil. Gedichte. Berlin: M. Simion, 1841, pages 319 to 320.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:25

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Word count: 103

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When I now for the first time

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  When I now for the first time
Again walked through the garden,
Bushes and streamlets in the valley
Merrily began to prattle.

  Flowers half-furtively peeked
Teasingly out from the grass,
They immediately sent out colourful butterflies
To see what was up.

  Also the cuckoo in the branches
Soon turned up to play,
Finally the tree broke the silence:
"Why do you come alone today?"

  But when I remained silent, [the tree]
Moved its dark head wondrously,
And I could discern a whispering
Between the birds, the blossoms and the leaves.

  Tears hung in the grass,
Through the circle of evening quietness
The wellsprings lamented,
And I wept from the depths of my heart.

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Number 2. of Auf meines Kindes Tod


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Text added to the website: 2013-08-08 00:00:00.

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