by Otto Roquette (1824 - 1896)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Das macht das dunkelgrüne Laub 
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Das macht das dunkelgrüne Laub,
Daß der Wald so schattig ist;
Das macht die schöne Maienzeit
Daß so roth das Röslein ist.

Mein's Schatzes Lieb' war das Röslein roth,
Das blüht am Waldesrain,
Und das grüne Laub, und das grüne Laub,
Als wie die Gedanken mein.

Nun ging die schöne Maienzeit,
Und die schöne Liebe zur Ruh',
Nun fällt auch das Laub, auch das Laub herab,
Und decket das Röslein zu.

Confirmed with Gedichte von Otto Roquette. Des Liederbuches zweite, durchaus veränderte und vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1859, page 54.


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Set in a modified version by Franz Wilhelm Abt, Heinrich Esser, Robert Franz, Johann Herbeck, Erik Meyer-Helmund.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The dark green foliage is the cause", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 71

The dark green foliage is the cause
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The dark green foliage is the cause
Of the forest being so shady;
The lovely May-time is the cause
Of the little rose being so red.

My darling’s love was the little red rose
That blooms on the forested slope,
And the green leaves, and the green leaves
Were like my thoughts.

Now the lovely May-time
And the beautiful love have gone to rest,
Now the leaves, too, the leaves, too,
Fall and cover up the little rose.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-05-02
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Word count: 78