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Am Kreuzweg wird begraben

Language: German (Deutsch)

Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
Wer selber sich brachte um;
[Dort]1 wächst eine blaue Blume,
Die Armesünderblum'.

Am Kreuzweg [stand]2 ich und seufzte;
Die Nacht war kalt und stumm.
Im Mondschein bewegte sich langsam
Die Armesünderblum'.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 166.

1 Griffes: "Da"
2 White: "sass"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Pierre Mathé


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  • ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 62, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The cross‑roads

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Beneath the crossroads slumber
The self-destroyed dead.
There grows a pure blue flower
The sinner's flow'r, 'tis said.

I sat and sigh'd at the crossroads;
It was the midnight hour.
And there in the moonlight wav'd slowly,
The sinner's pure blue flow'r.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 62 DUT FRE FRE FRE DUT SLN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Ernst Anton Becker, Rudolph Bergh, Gerard Bunk, Rudolf S. Cahn-Speyer, Alexander von Fielitz, Don Forsythe, Olivier Greif, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Oskar Guttmann, Robert Hermann, Bernhard Hopffer, Rudolf Horwitz, Josip Ipavec, Gustav Jenner, Bernhard Jestl, Wilhelm Killmayer, Francis Alexander Korbay, Carl Krumpröck, Franz Paul Lachner, Max von Lüttwitz, Ladislao de Makray, Ernst Markees, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Victor Ernst Nessler, H. Neupert, Friedrich Niggli, August von Othegraven, Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, Rapport, Friedrich Rauchbauer, Arthur Smolian, Oscar Thieme, Edgar Pierre Joseph Tinel, Alfred Tofft, Marcel Tyberg, Frank Valentin Van der Stucken, Willy Viol, Berthold Weiss, Maude Valérie White, Rudolf Ewald Zingel. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-24.
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