by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Lawrence Snyder

Ich saß bei jener Linde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Ich saß bei jener Linde
Mit meinem trauten Kinde,
Wir saßen Hand in Hand.
Kein Blättchen rauscht' im Winde,
Die Sonne schien gelinde
Herab aufs stille Land.

Wir saßen ganz vershwiegen
Mit innigem Vergnügen,
Das Herz kaum merklich schlug.
Was sollten wir auch sagen?
Was konnten wir uns fragen?
Wir wußten ja genug.

Es mocht uns nichts mehr fehlen,
Kein Sehnen konnt uns quälen,
Nichts Liebes war uns fern.
Aus liebem Aug ein Grüßen,
Vom lieben Mund ein Küssen
Gab eins dem andern gern.

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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 © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , "The Happy Ones", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les bienheureux", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Lawrence Snyder

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 84

The Happy Ones
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I sat beside that linden
With my true child,
We sat hand in hand.
Not a leaf rustled in the wind,
The sun shone gently
Down upon the still countryside.

We sat silently
With intimate pleasure,
My heartbeat was barely felt.
What need we say?
What need we ask?
We knew enough.

We lacked for nothing
No longing could shake us,
What was not Love's was far away.
From dear eyes, one greeting,
From dear mouth, one kiss,
Gave one to the other happily.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 84