by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Liebliche Blume
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
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

 Dir nur vernehmbar 
 lockte das erste 
 Sanfte Geflüster
 weckenden Frühlings,
 Primula veris!

 Mir auch im Herzen 
 blühte vor Zeiten,
 schöner denn alle 
 Blumen der Liebe,
 Primula veris!

II
 Liebliche Blume,
 Primula veris!
 Holde, dich nenn ich
 Blume des Glaubens. 

 Gläubig dem ersten
 Winke des Himmels
 Eilst du entgegen,
 Öffnest die Brust ihm.

 Frühling ist kommen.
 Mögen ihn Fröste,
 Trübende Nebel
 Wieder verhüllen;

 Blume, du glaubst es,
 Daß der ersehnte
 Göttliche Frühling
 Endlich gekommen,

 Öffnest die Brust ihm;
 Aber es dringen
 Lauernde Fröste
 Tödlich ins Herz dir.

 Mag es verwelken!
 Ging doch der Blume
 Gläubige Seele
 Nimmer verloren.

A. Ritter sets stanzas 1-4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Mendelssohn sets stanzas 1-2
G. Schreck sets stanzas 1-4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
G. Schreck sets stanzas 5-10 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
A. Ritter sets stanzas 5-10 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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

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

  • 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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 46
Word count: 124

Primula Veris
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
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!

 You only 
 have beckoned 
 the first mild whispering 
 of awakening spring,
 Primula veris!

 My heart also 
 blooms earlier,
 more beautiful than 
 all flowers is Love,
 Primula veris!































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Word count: 55