by Hermann Rollett (1819 - 1904)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Was weinst du, Blümlein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE SPA
Was weinst du, Blümlein,
   Im Morgenschein?
Das Blümlein lachte --:
   Was fällt dir ein!
Ich bin ja fröhlich,
   Ich weine nicht, --
Die Freudenthräne
   Durch's Aug' mir bricht! --
Ich frug das Bächlein:
   Was rinnst du dahin
Wie ein Thränenstrom
   Durch's Wiesengrün?
Da klang es heraus
   Aus der Wellenbrust:
Mein Strömen ist Freude,
   Ist Brausen der Lust! --
Du Morgenhimmel!
   Bist blutig roth,
Als [läg']1 deine Sonne
   Im Meere todt?
Da lacht der Himmel
   Und ruft mich an:
Ich streue ja Rosen
   Auf ihre Bahn! --
Und strahlend flammte
   Die [Sonne]2 hervor,
Die Blumen blühten
   Freudig empor.
Des Baches Wellen
   Jauchzten auf,
Und die Sonne lachte
   [Flammend drauf!]3

C. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 5-8

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Confirmed with Hermann Rollett, Jucunde, Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1853, pages 18-20. In this edition it has no title; a later edition titled Ausgewählte Gedichte adds the title "Stille Freude".

1 Schumann: "läge"
2 Schumann: "Sonn'"
3 Schumann: "Freundlich darauf"


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

  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "Why weep, dear blossom, in the morning sun?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pourquoi pleures-tu, petite fleur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 32
Word count: 104

Why do you weep, floweret
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Why do you weep, floweret,
   In the glow of morning?
The floweret laughed --:
   What a notion!
For I am happy,
   I do not weep, --
A tear of joy
   Falls from my eye! --
I asked the brooklet:
   Why do you run onward
Like a river of tears
   Through the green of the meadow?
Then it sounded forth
   From the bosom of the waves:
My flowing is joy,
   Is the rush of pleasure! --
You morning sky!
   You are blood red,
As if your sun
   Lay dead in the sea?
At that the sky laughed
   And called out to me:
I am only strewing roses
   Upon her pathway! --
And radiantly flaming
   The sun appeared,
The flowers burgeoned
The waves of the brook
And the sun laughed
   [Flamingly]1 down upon them!

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Translated titles:
"Stille Freude" = "Quiet Happiness"
"Stille Liebe" = "Quiet Love"
"Was weinst du, Blümlein" = "Why do you weep, floweret"
1 Schumann: "amicably"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-13
Line count: 32
Word count: 130