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Som stjärnorna på himmelen, när natten faller på, så tindrade hans ögon, så klara och så blå, så röder var hans mund som rosorna i lund om våren. Men skyarne församlades och solen vände bort, ty livet liksom kärleken och våren är så kort. När löven föllo av, de föllo på hans grav den tida! Om alla träd i skogarne och böljorna de blå, om all markens blomster hade fåglalungor små, de kunde ej ändå min hjärtesorg förmå att sjunga.
- from Volkslieder (Folksongs) ( H. )  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867 - 1942), "Som stjärnorna på himmelen", op. 5 no. 3 (1892), from Fyra visor i svensk folkton, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Like the stars in the sky", copyright © 2020
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "So wie die Stern’ am Himmelszelt", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Bertram Kottmann
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Like the stars in the sky when night falls, his eyes twinkled so clear and so blue; so red was his mouth like the roses in the grove at spring-time. But clouds gathered and the sun retreated; life as well as love -- and spring -- are so short. When the leaves dropped, they fell on his grave back then! If all the trees of the woods and all the waves of the oceans, if all the flowers of the field had little bird's lungs, they still would be unable to put my heartache to song.
- Translation from Swedish (Svenska) to English copyright © 2020 by Emily Ezust
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