by Julius Mosen (1803 - 1867)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es grünet ein Nußbaum vor dem Haus
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA SPA
Es [grünet]1 ein Nußbaum vor dem Haus,
Breitet er blättrig die [Äste]2 aus.

Viel liebliche Blüten stehen dran;
Kommen, sie herzlich zu umfahn.

Es flüstern je zwei zu zwei gepaart,
Zierlich zum Kusse die Häuptchen zart.

Sie flüstern von einem Mägdlein, das
Tagelang, wüsste]3, ach! selber nicht was.

Sie flüstern - wer mag verstehn so gar
[Weise]4? -
Flüstern von Bräut'gam und nächstem Jahr.

Das Mägdlein horchet, es rauscht im Baum;
Sinkt es lächelnd in Schlaf und Traum.

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Julius Mosen, Gedichte, zweite vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1843, pages 122-123

1 Freudenberg: "steht"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Schumann: "Blätter", although sometimes left as "Äste"
3 Schumann: "die Nächte / und Tage lang, wusste"
4 Schumann: "Weis'"


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "El noguer", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De notenboom", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "The nut-tree", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le noyer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il noce", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 89

A walnut tree stands greenly in front of...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A walnut tree stands greenly in front of the house,
and airly 
spreading out its leafy branches.

Many lovely blossoms does it bear;
come to caress them.

They whisper, paired two by two,
their tender heads to kiss.

They whisper of a maiden
who thinks 
day and night long
of... but alas! she does not herself know!

They whisper - who can understand 
such a soft 
song? -
they whisper of a bridegroom and of the coming year.

The maiden listens, the tree rustles;
she sinks smiling into sleep and dream.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Der Nußbaum" = "The walnut tree"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 98