by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Lev Aleksandrovich Mey (1822 - 1862)

Warum sind denn die Rosen so blaß?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE POR
Warum sind denn die Rosen so blaß?
O sprich mein Lieb warum?
Warum sind denn im grünen Gras
Die blauen Veilchen so stumm?

Warum singt denn mit so kläglichem Laut,
Die Lerche in der Luft?
Warum steigt denn aus dem Balsamkraut
Verwelkter Blütenduft?

Warum scheint denn die Sonn' auf die Au,
So kalt und verdrießlich herab?
Warum ist denn die Erde so grau,
Und öde wie ein Grab?

Warum bin ich selbst so krank und so trüb?
Mein liebes Liebchen sprich
O sprich mein herzallerliebstes Lieb,
Warum verließest du mich?

P. Cornelius sets stanzas 1-2, 4

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 129.


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  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by J. Emory Shaw.
  • Also set in English, a translation possibly by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882); composed by Hazel Cobb.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Victor Despommier.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Henry Kimball Hadley.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Francis Alexander Korbay.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by A. P. Lighthill.
  • Also set in English, a translation by C. Archer ; composed by Ross Oliver.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by George Rochberg.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Felix Schelling.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Pierre-René Hirsch (1870 - 1891) and by Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz (1864 - 1955) ; composed by Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Gérard Labrunie (1808 - 1855) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 23 ; composed by Marcel Bertrand, Georges Adolphe Hüe.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Abel Nathan ; composed by Abel Nathan.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Vincenzo Baffi ; composed by Ferruccio Busoni.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Giovanni Sgambati.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by César Antonovich Cui.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Lev Aleksandrovich Mey (1822 - 1862) , no title, written 1858 ; composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by Larisa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka (1871 - 1913) ; composed by Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Perquè són les roses tan pàl·lides", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Why are the roses so pale?", copyright ©
  • ENG English (John Todhunter) , appears in Heine's Book of Songs, first published 1907
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 23, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pourquoi les roses sont-elles si pâles?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Axel Bergstedt) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-02-07 13:45:19
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Word count: 90

Отчего побледнела весной
Language: Russian (Русский)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Отчего побледнела весной
пышноцветная роза сама?
Отчего под зелёной травой
голубая фиалка нема?

Отчего так печально звучит
песня птички, несясь в небеса?
Отчего над лугами висит
погребальным покровом роса?

Отчего в небе солнце с утра
холодно и темно, как зимой?
Отчего и земля вся сыра
и угрюмей могилы самой?

Отчего я и сам все грустней
и болезненней день ото дня?
Отчего, о, скажи мне скорей ты,
покинув, забыла меня?

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
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Word count: 69