possibly from Volkslieder (Folksongs)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Feins Liebchen, trau du nicht,
Daß er dein Herz nicht bricht!
Schön Worte will er geben,
Es kostet dein jung Leben,
Glaubs sicherlich, glaubs sicherlich!

Ich werde nimmer froh,
Denn mir ging es also:
Die Blätter vom Baum gefallen
Mit den schönen Worten allen,
Ist Winterzeit, ist Winterzeit!

Es ist jetzt Winterzeit,
Die Vögelein sind weit,
Die mir im [Lenz]1 gesungen,
Mein Herz ist mir [gesprungen]2
Vor Liebesleid, vor Liebesleid.

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1 original text: "Lenze"
2 original text: "zersprungen"


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Lament", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Plainte", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Klaagzang", copyright © 2014, (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: 15
Word count: 70

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 My fine darling, trust not
 that he will not break your heart!
 Fair words will he speak,
 but they will cost you your young life;
 Believe it as the truth!

 I will never delight again,
 for that is what happened to me too:
 the leaves have fallen from the tree
 together with all the pretty words.
 It is wintertime, wintertime!

 It is now wintertime,
 the birds are far away,
 those birds that sang to me in Spring.
 My heart has broken
 from love's pain, from love's pain.


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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 88