by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by David K. Smythe

Die Liebe ist ein Rosenstrauch
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
  Die Liebe ist ein Rosenstrauch.
      Wo blüht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten,
Darin wir zwei, mein Lieb und ich,
Getreulich seiner warten,
wofür er uns aus Dankbarkeit
Alltäglich neue [Rosen beut]1;
Und wenn im Himmel Rosen blühn,
Sie können [kaum noch schöner glühn]2.

  Die Liebe ist ein klarer Bach.
      Wo zieht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten.
So viele Wellen, so viel Lust
Und Freuden aller Arten;
Auch spiegelt er die Welt umher,
Als ob sie noch viel schöner wär';
Drauf fahren wir so lustig hin,
Wie Vöglein durch den Himmel ziehn.

  Die Liebe ist ein [heller]3 Stern.
      Wo glüht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten.
Ach, Liebchen, sprich, was läßt du mich
Doch oft so lange warten?
Denn seh' ich dich nicht alle Stund,
Des Sternes Glut mein Herz [verwund't]4;
Doch kommst du, steigt er mild herauf,
Als geht im Mai die Sonne auf.

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1 Schumann: "Blumen streut"
2 Schumann: "doch nicht schöner blühn"
3 Schumann, in some editions, "holder"
4 Schumann: "verbrennt"

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tuin der liefde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "Love's Garden", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Jardin d'amour", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Margo Briessinck

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
Line count: 27
Word count: 147

Love's Garden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Love is a rose bush. 
 Where does it bloom? 
 There now, in our garden, 
 wherein we two, my love and I,
 stay each true to his own, 
 for which in gratitude it
 daily strews new flowers for us.
 And if in heaven roses bloom,
 yet they could not bloom more beautiful.
 
 Love is a clear stream. 
 Where does it flow? 
 There now, in our garden.
 So many waves, so much pleasure
 and all kinds of joy;
 also it mirrors the world around, 
 as though it were even much fairer.
 On it we sail away so happy, 
 as birds fly through the sky.
 
 Love is a shining star. 
 Where does it shine? 
 There now, in our garden.
 O darling tell me, for what do you let me
 often wait so long? 
 For if I do not see you all hours,
 the glow of the star burns my heart; 
 but then you come, it soars gently, 
 as the sun rises in May.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
Line count: 27
Word count: 161