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

So viel Laub an der Linden ist
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
So viel Laub an der Linden ist,
So viel Blüten in Düften sie treibt,
So viel Holdes zu finden ist,
Als der Mai auf die Rosen schreibt,
Ach so viel hunderttausendmal
Jauchz' ich und schau ich hinab ins Thal,
Denn auf dem Platz bei der Linden,
Will mich mein Schatz heut finden!

Ach warum bin ich nicht schön und reich,
Ach warum hab ich nicht Pracht und Gold?
Daß ich mein' Schatz, an Schönheit ihr gleich,
Schmücken mir könnte so wie ich wollt!
Sag mir, du Linde, o sag mir an,
Was ihr an [mir]1 nur gefallen kann?
Weiß ja nichts Schönes zu finden
[Nicht]2 an mir, noch an der Linden!

Drunten im Thal, wo der Waldweg geht,
Wo durch die Felsen der Wildbach bricht,
Seh ich sie kommen, vom Wind umweht,
O du mein [Lieben, mein Leben]3, mein Licht!
Ach wie bin ich so reich, so reich,
Ach, wie weiß ich nichts Schönres zugleich
Als auf dem Platz an der Linden
An Herrlichkeit zu finden!

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Confirmed with Otto Roquette, Liederbuch, Stuttgart und Tübingen: J.G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1852, pages 73-74.

1 Jensen: "uns"
2 Jensen: "Nichts"
3 Jensen: "Leben, mein Lieben"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "By the linden tree", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Peter Donderwinkel , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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As much as there is foliage on the...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
As much as there is foliage on the linden tree,
As much as it brings forth scented blossoms,
As much as there are lovely things to find
That May inscribes upon the roses,
Ah, so many hundreds of thousand times
I rejoice and gaze down into the valley,
For on the square by the linden tree,
My darling wishes to tryst with me today!

Ah, why am I not beautiful and rich,
Ah, why do I not have splendour and gold?
That I, equal in beauty to my darling,
Could adorn myself as I please!
Tell me, you linden tree, oh tell to me
What she could admire about [me]1?
I do not know how to find anything beautiful --
[Not]2 in myself, nor in the linden tree!

Down in the valley, where the forest path runs,
Where the wild stream bursts through the rocks,
I see her coming, wafted about by the wind,
Oh you my [love, my life]3, my light!
Ah, how rich, how rich I am!
Ah, I know of nothing more beautiful withal
Than the splendour that may be found
On the square by the linden tree.

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Translations of title(s):
"An der Linden" = "By the linden tree"
"Das erste Stelldichein" = "The first tryst"

1 Jensen: "us"
2 Jensen: "Nothing"
3 Jensen: "life, my love"


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