by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by John Todhunter (1839 - 1916)

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

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


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  • 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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Oh, why are now the roses so pale
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh, why are now the roses so pale
Oh say, my love, say why
Why now in the grass of the greening val
Dumb the blue violets lie?

Why fills the sky with such doleful soun
Yon lark aloft in air
Why breathes the thyme from each sunny moun
A corpselike odor there?

Why shines the sun on the meads today
So coldly, in sullen gloom
And why is now the earth so grey
And dismal as a tomb?

And why am I now so sick and so drear
My dearest love, reply
Oh say, my dearest of all most dear
Why didst thou leave me, why?

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00
Line count: 16
Word count: 107