by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

O Sonnenschein! o Sonnenschein!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
O Sonnenschein! o Sonnenschein!
Wie scheinst du mir ins Herz hinein,
Weckst drinnen lauter Liebeslust,
Daß mir so enge wird die Brust!

Und enge wird mir Stub' und Haus,
Und wenn ich lauf' zum Thor hinaus,
Da lockst du gar ins frische Grün
Die allerschönsten Mädchen hin!

O Sonnenschein! Du glaubest wohl,
Daß ich wie du es machen soll,
Der jede schmucke Blume küßt,
Die eben nur sich dir erschließt?

Hast doch so lang' die Welt erblickt,
Und weißt, daß sich's für mich nicht schickt;
Was machst du mir denn solche Pein?
O Sonnenschein! o Sonnenschein!

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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) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de zonneschijn", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To sunshine", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À l'éclat du soleil", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 96

To sunshine
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 O sunshine, o sunshine!
 How you shine into my heart,
 awakening in it such a pure joy in love
 that my chest soon feels too narrow!

 And narrow grows my room and house,
 and when I run out to the gate,
 I see you tempt to the fresh green
 even the fairest maidens!

 O sunshine, do you well believe
 that I should do just as you do,
 and kiss each attractive flower,
 that blooms just for you?

 You have watched the world for a long time
 and you know that, for me, that is not right;
 why then do you cause me such pain?
 O sunshine, o sunshine!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 109