by Hermann Rollett (1819 - 1904)
Translation © by Elisa Rapado

Was weinst du, Blümlein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE SPA
Was weinst du, Blümlein,
   Im Morgenschein?
Das Blümlein lachte --:
   Was fällt dir ein!
 
Ich bin ja fröhlich,
   Ich weine nicht, --
Die Freudenthräne
   Durch's Aug' mir bricht! --
 
Ich frug das Bächlein:
   Was rinnst du dahin
Wie ein Thränenstrom
   Durch's Wiesengrün?
 
Da klang es heraus
   Aus der Wellenbrust:
Mein Strömen ist Freude,
   Ist Brausen der Lust! --
 
Du Morgenhimmel!
   Bist blutig roth,
Als [läg']1 deine Sonne
   Im Meere todt?
 
Da lacht der Himmel
   Und ruft mich an:
Ich streue ja Rosen
   Auf ihre Bahn! --
 
Und strahlend flammte
   Die [Sonne]2 hervor,
Die Blumen blühten
   Freudig empor.
 
Des Baches Wellen
   Jauchzten auf,
Und die Sonne lachte
   [Flammend drauf!]3

C. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 5-8

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Confirmed with Hermann Rollett, Jucunde, Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1853, pages 18-20. In this edition it has no title; a later edition titled Ausgewählte Gedichte adds the title "Stille Freude".

1 Schumann: "läge"
2 Schumann: "Sonn'"
3 Schumann: "Freundlich darauf"

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

  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "Why weep, dear blossom, in the morning sun?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pourquoi pleures-tu, petite fleur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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¿Por qué lloras, florecilla
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the German (Deutsch) 
¿Por qué lloras, florecilla
bajo la luz de la mañana? 
La florecilla se reía: 
¿Qué crees que pasa?

Estoy contenta
no estoy llorando
Lágrimas de alegría
de mis ojos van brotando

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Oh, cielo de la mañana
Está rojo tu sangrar
Como si el sol estuviera
muerto en el mar

Se rió el cielo
y me quiso contestar: 
Es el rojo de las rosas 
que envío a donde él va. 

Brillante ardía
el sol arriba
brotaban flores
con alegría

En el arroyo
olas sonrientes
Que el sol alegre
logra encender.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-08
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