by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

When daisies pied and violets blue
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FIN FRE NOR
When daisies pied and violets blue
 [And lady-smocks all silver white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue,]1
  Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo, then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
  Cuckoo,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: o word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
  And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
[When]2 turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
  And maidens bleach their summer [smocks]3,
The cuckoo, then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
  Cuckoo,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: o word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

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1 Stravinsky: reversed.
2 Arne: "And"
3 Arne: "frocks"

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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)


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Wilhelm Petersen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation ; composed by Jan Karol Gall.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Georg Mantey ; composed by Wolfgang Fortner.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) ; composed by Harald Genzmer.

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

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kevät", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Lied. Der Frühling", first published 1870
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Arild Bakke) , "Når spraglet tusenfryd", copyright © 2004, (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: 18
Word count: 97

Frühling
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wenn Primeln gelb und Veilchen blau
Und Maßlieb silberweiß im Grün
Und Kuckucksblumen rings die Au
Mit buntem Frühlingsflor umblühn,
Des Kuckucks Ruf im Baum erklingt
Und foppt den Ehmann, wenn er singt:
Kuku, Kuku, Kuku, der Mann ergrimmt,
Wenn er das schnöde Wort vernimmt.

Wenn Lerche früh den Pflüger weckt,
Am Bach der Schäfer flötend schleicht,
Wenn Dohl' und Kräh' und Täubchen heckt,
Ihr Sommerhemd das Mädchen bleicht;
Des Kuckucks Ruf im Baum erklingt
Und foppt den Ehmann, wenn er singt:
Kuku, Kuku, Kuku, der Mann ergrimmt,
Wenn er das schnöde Wort vernimmt.

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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)


Researcher for this text: Matthias Gräff-Schestag

This text was added to the website: 2003-10-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 94