by William Cornish (d. 1523)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Pleasure it is
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Pleasure it is
To hear, iwis,
The Birdès sing.
The deer in the dale,
The sheep in the vale,
The corn springing.
God’s purveyance
For sustenance,
It is for man.
Then we always
To give him praise,
And thank him than,
And thank him than.

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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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 45

Freude fürwahr
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Freude fürwahr,
horch, nimm es wahr
der Vögel Lied.
Das Reh im Tal,
das Schaf zumal,
das Korn ersprießt.
Gott sorgt und schafft
stets Lebenskraft
für jedermann.
Darum erweist
ihm Ehr und preist
ihn, dankend dann.

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Translation of title "Spring carol" = "Frühlingslied"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-07-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 36