by Aloys Wilhelm Schreiber (1761 - 1841)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Blumenbrief
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Euch Blümlein will ich senden
Zur schönen Jungfrau dort,
Fleht sie, mein Leid zu enden
Mit einem guten Wort.

Du, Rose, kannst ihr sagen,
Wie ich in Lieb' erglüh',
Wie ich um sie muß klagen
Und weinen spät und früh.

Du, Veilchen, sprich: sein Leiden
Wird jeden Morgen neu,
Von allem kann er scheiden,
Nur nicht von seiner Treu'.

Du, Myrte, flüstre leise
Ihr meine Hoffnung zu,
Sag': auf des Lebens Reise
Glänzt ihm kein Stern als du.

Du, Ringelblume, deute
Ihr der Verzweiflung Schmerz,
Sag' ihr: des Grabes Beute
Wird ohne dich sein Herz.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 2, 4, 5

Confirmed with Poetische Werke von Aloys Schreiber. Erster Band. Tübingen, bei Heinrich Laupp. 1817, page 90; with Aloys Schreiber's Gedichte. Erster Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1817. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 86-87; and with Solothurnisches Wochenblatt für 1815. Herausgegeben von Freunden der vaterländischen Geschichte. Solothurn bey Ludwig Vogelsang, obrigkeitlichem Buchdrucker, Nro. 43. Samstag, den 28 Oktober 1815, pages 575-576.


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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) , "La missiva de les flors", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De bloemenbrief", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "A message of flowers", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The letter in flowers", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le message des fleurs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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A message of flowers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You flowers will I send
to that lovely young woman there,
to beg her to end my misery
with one kind word.

You roses can tell her
how I burn with love,
how I pine for her
and weep night and day.





 
You myrtle, whisper gently
to her of my hopes;
say that in his life's journey
no star shines for him but you.

You marigold, describe to
her the pain of my despair;
tell her: the grave will steal
his heart without you.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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