by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Frost hat mir bereifet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE
Der Frost hat mir bereifet
Des Hauses Dach;
Doch warm [ist mir's]1 geblieben
Im Wohngemach.

Der Winter hat die Scheitel
Mir weiß gedeckt.
Doch fließt das Blut, das rothe,
Durch's Herzgemach.

Der Jugendflor der Wangen,
Die Rosen sind
Gegangen, all' gegangen
Einander nach.

Wo sind sie hingegangen?
In's Herz hinab.
Da blühn sie nach Verlangen,
Wie vor so nach.

Sind alle Freudenströme
Der Welt versiegt?
Noch fließt mir durch den Busen
Ein stiller Bach.

Sind alle Nachtigallen
Der Flur verstummt?
Noch ist bei mir im Stillen
Hier eine wach.

Sie singet: Herr des Hauses!
Verschleuß dein Thor,
Daß nicht die Welt, die kalte,
Dring in's Gemach.

Schleuß aus den rauhen Odem
Der Wirklichkeit,
Und nur dem Duft der Träume
Gib Dach und Fach.

Ich habe Wein und Rosen
In jedem Lied,
Und habe solcher Lieder
Noch tausendfach.

Vom Abend bis zum Morgen
Und Nächte durch
Will ich dir singen Jugend
Und [Liebesach]2.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-8

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Confirmed with Oestliche Rosen von Friedrich Rückert. Drei Lesen. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1822, pages 272-274; and with Gesammelte Gedichte von Friedrich Rückert. Vierter Band. Erlangen, Verlag von Carl Heyder. 1837, pages 177-178.

Note: The poem was first published 1822 in Rückert's Oestliche Rosen where all the poems have no titles. In subsequent editions (Erlangen, 1837: Gesammelte Gedichte, Frankfurt a. M., 1868: Gesammelte Poetische Werke) this poem got the title Vom künftigen Alter and is printed in a different format: each two lines of the original poem have been combined into one single line, and the separation into stanzas has been abandoned.

1 Schubert: "ist's mir"
2 Strauss: "Liebesweh"


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 © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 40
Word count: 152

Frost has covered
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Frost has covered 
the roof of my house;
but I have stayed warm 
in the living room.

Winter has covered in white 
the crown of my head;
yet blood flows - red blood - 
through my heart's chamber.

The youthful blossom of my cheeks - 
the roses are
gone, all gone, 
one after another -

Where have they gone? 
into my heart:
there they bloom as they desire, 
just as they did before.

Have all the joyous streams 
in the world dried up?
Yet a quiet brook still flows 
through my breast.

Have all the nightingales in the meadow 
been silenced?
Yet here with me in the silence, 
one is awake.

It sings: "Lord of the house! 
lock your gate,
so that the cold world does not come 
into your chamber.

Shut out the raw breath 
of reality,
and give roof and room only 
to the fragrance of dreams!"

I have wine and roses 
in every song,
and have yet a 
thousand more such songs.

From evening till morning 
and all through the night
I will sing to you of youth 
and love's pain.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 40
Word count: 184