by Bryan Waller Procter (1787 - 1874), as Barry Cornwall
Translation Singable translation by Karl Klingemann (1798 - 1862)

Dawn, gentle flower
Language: English 
Dawn, gentle flower, 
  From the morning earth;
We will gaze and wonder 
  At thy wondrous birth! 

Bloom, gentle flower! 
  Lover of the light, 
Sought by wind and shower,
  Fondled by the night! 

Fade, gentle flower! 
  All thy white leaves close;
Having shewn thy beauty,
  Time 't is for repose.

Die, gentle flower,
  In the silent sun! 
So, -- all pangs are over,
  All thy tasks are done! 

Day hath no more glory,
  Though he soars so high;
Thine is all man's story,
  Live, -- and love, -- and die!

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Confirmed with Englischer Liederschatz aus Englischen und Amerikanischen Dichtern, ed. by Karl Elze, Dessau, Druck und Verlag von Moritz Katz, 1851, pages 115-116.


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Keim', holde Blume!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Keim', holde Blume
Aus dem Frühlingsbeet,
Wir erblicken staunend
Wie dein Blüh'n entsteht.

Blüh', holde Blume
Warm vom Tag gehegt,
Sanft vom Wind, vom Regen,
Von der Nacht gepflegt...

Welk, holde Blume,
Schliess dein weisses Kleid;
Zeigtest deine Anmuth,
Hast nun Ruhezeit...

Stirb, holde Blume
Von der Sonne Macht,
All dein Weh vorüber,
All dein Werk vollbracht.

Schau des Menschen Leben,
Wie er schafft und wirbt,...
Gleich der Blume Weben,
Lebt, und liebt, und stirbt.

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Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2016-06-03
Line count: 20
Word count: 75