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Keine Blumen blühn; Nur das Wintergrün Blickt durch Silberhüllen; Nur das Fenster füllen [Blümchen]1 roth und weiß, Aufgeblüht aus Eis. Ach! kein Vogelsang Tönt mit frohem Klang; Nur die Winterweise Jener kleinen Meise, Die am Fenster schwirrt, Und um Futter girrt. Minne flieht den Hain, Wo die Vögelein Sonst im grünen Schatten Ihre Nester hatten; Minne flieht den Hain, Kehrt ins Zimmer ein. Kalter Januar, Hier werd' ich fürwahr, Unter Minnespielen, Deinen Frost nicht fühlen! Walte immerdar, Kalter Januar!
Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1783, pages 138-139; and with Poetische Blumenlese für das Jahr 1778. Herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß. Hamburg, bey Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 8-9.
First published in this version edited by Voß. Hölty's original version is slightly different; see below.1 Schubert: "Blumen"
- by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Winterlied", written 1773, first published 1778 [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by August Harder (1775 - 1813), "Winterlied", op. 1 (Gesänge für die Guitarre) no.  [ voice and guitar ], Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Winterlied", D 401 (1816), published 1895 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Otto Taubert (1833 - 1903), "Winterlied", op. 4 (Fünf Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 3, published 1884 [ voice and piano ], Köln, Reinhardt [sung text not yet checked]
Another version of this text exists in the database.
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó d’hivern", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Winterlied", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Winter song", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant d'hiver", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "Canto d’inverno", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 79
No flowers bloom; Only the wintergreen Peeps through a silvery cloak; Only the windows are filled With flowers red and white, That have burgeoned from the frost. Ah, no birdsong Sounds with a joyful tone; Only the winter lay Of that little chickadee That flutters at the window And coos for food. Love flees the grove Where the little birds In the green shadows Had their nests in former days; Love flees the grove And comes indoors. Cold January, Here under the play of love I shall truly not feel Your frost! Last forever, Cold January!
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Sharon Krebs, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Winterlied", written 1773, first published 1778
This text was added to the website: 2014-01-16
Line count: 24
Word count: 97