The first day of spring

by Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Word count: 373
Original language: Der erste Frühlingstag - Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen
1. Frühlingsahnung [sung text checked 1 time]
O sanfter, süsser Hauch!
[Schon]1 weckest du wieder
Mir Frühlingslieder,
Bald [blühen]2 die Veilchen auch.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Auguri de primavera", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Anticipation of spring", copyright © 2004
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Avant-goût du printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Confirmed with: Uhlands Werke, Erster Teil, Gedichte, herausgegeben von Adalbert Silbermann, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., [no year], page 39.

1 Lang: "Wie"
2 Kahn: "blühn"

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
1. Anticipation of spring
 O gentle, sweet breath!
 Already you inspire me
 to songs of spring again;
 soon the violets will start blooming as well.

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2. Die Primel [sung text checked 1 time]
I
 Liebliche Blume, 
 bist du so früh schon 
 wiedergekommen?
 Sei mir gegrüsset, 
 [Primula veris!]1

 Leiser denn alle 
 Blumen der Wiese 
 hast du geschlummert,
 liebliche [Blume]2,
 [Primula veris!]1

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La prímula", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Primula Veris", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Primula veris", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Mendelssohn: "Botin des Frühlings"
2 Mendelssohn: "Primel"

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by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
2. Primula Veris
I
 Sweet flower, 
 you are so early
 already come back? 
 I greet you,
 Primula veris!

 Softly because 
 the other meadow flowers
 still doze on, 
 sweet flower,
 Primula veris!

[ ... ]

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3. Frühlingsfeier [sung text checked 1 time]
Süßer, goldner Frühlingstag!
Inniges Entzücken!
Wenn mir je ein Lied gelang,
Sollt' es heut' nicht glücken?

Doch warum in dieser Zeit
An die Arbeit treten?
Frühling ist ein hohes Fest:
Laßt mich ruhn und beten!

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Festa de primavera", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Spring Festival", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Fête du printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner
by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
3. Spring Festival
 Sweet, golden spring day!
 Heartfelt delight!
 If I were ever to attempt a song,
 should I not succeed today?
 
 Yet why at this time
 should I think of work?
 Spring is a high holiday:
 let me rest and pray!

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4. Lerchengesang [sung text checked 1 time]
[Wie]1 lieblicher Klang!
O Lerche! dein Sang,
Er hebt sich, er schwingt sich in Wonne.
Du nimmst mich von hier,
Ich singe mit dir,
Wir steigen durch Wolken zur Sonne.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Donald George) , no title, copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant du prisonnier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Modernized spelling would change "zuthal" to "zutal" or "zu Tal"
1 Dannehl: "O"; further changes may exist not noted above.

Researcher for this text: Tinelot Wittermans
by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
4. The song of the lark
What a sweet song!
O lark! Your song,
It lifts, it swings in delight.
You take me from here,
I sing with you,
We climb through clouds to the sun.

[ ... ]

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Translations of titles:
"Lied des Gefangenen" = "Song of the prisoner"
"Lerchengesang" = "The song of the lark"



This text was added to the website: 2018-12-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 59

Translation © by Donald George
5. Morgengebet [sung text checked 1 time]
O wunderbares, tiefes Schweigen,
Wie einsam ist's noch auf der Welt!
Die Wälder nur sich leise [neigen]1,
Als ging' der Herr durchs stille Feld.

Ich [fühl mich recht wie neu geschaffen]2,
Wo ist die Sorge nun und Not?
Was [mich noch gestern]3 wollt' erschlaffen,
[Ich schäm' mich dess]4 im Morgenrot.

Die Welt mit ihrem Gram und Glücke
Will ich, ein Pilger, frohbereit
Betreten nur [wie]5 eine Brücke
Zu dir, Herr, [übern]6 Strom der Zeit.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Pregària del matí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Morning prayer", copyright © 2004
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Prince Albert: "ringen"
2 Prince Albert: "fühle mich wie umgeschaffen"; Mendelssohn: "fühl mich wie neu geschaffen"
3 Erk, Mendelssohn: "gestern noch mich"
4 Erk, Mendelssohn: "dess schäm' ich mich"
5 Erk, Mendelssohn: "als"
6 Prince Albert: "überm"
7 Prince Albert: "laurend"

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5. Morning prayer
O wondrous, profound silence -
how solitary it is yet in the world!
The woods just bow softly,
as if God were moving through the silent field.

I feel as if newly created: 
where is sorrow now and affliction?
What just yesterday sapped my strength
shames me in dawn's light.

The world with its grief and joy,
I wish, as a pilgrim, blithely ready,
to traverse - like a bridge that leads
to you, God, across the stream of time.

[ ... ]

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6. Herbstlied [sung text checked 1 time]
Holder Lenz, du bist dahin!
Nirgends, nirgends darfst du bleiben!
Wo ich sah dein frohes Blühn,
Braust des Herbstes banges Treiben.

Wie der Wind so traurig fuhr
Durch [den Strauch]1, als ob er weine;
Sterbeseufzer der Natur
Schauern durch die welken Haine.

Wieder ist, wie bald! wie bald!
Mir ein Jahr dahingeschwunden.
Fragend rauscht es aus dem Wald:
"Hat dein Herz sein Glück gefunden?"

Waldesrauschen, wunderbar
Hast du mir das Herz getroffen!
Treulich bringt ein jedes Jahr
[Welkes Laub und welkes]2 Hoffen.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de tardor", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Autumn lament/song", copyright © 2004
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Lovely Spring, you left so soon!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Plainte d'automne", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Schoeck: "die Straßen" (streets)
2 Mendelssohn: "neues Laub wie neues" (new leaves like new)

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
6. Autumn lament/song
 Lovely spring, you are gone!
 for never never may you remain!
 Where I saw your merry blossoms
 now bluster autumn's anxious stirrings.

 How the wind blows so mournfully
 through the bushes, as if it were weeping;
 Nature's dying sighs
 shudder through the decaying grove.

 Again it is, how soon, how soon!
 a year has vanished, lost from me.
 It rushes through the woods, asking
 "Has your heart found happiness?"

 Murmuring woods, how wonderfully
 have you affected my heart!
 Every year reliably brings
 Withered leaves and withered hopes.

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Line count: 16
Word count: 88

Translation © by Emily Ezust