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Wie der Quell so lieblich klinget Und die zarten Blumen küßt, Wie der Fink im Schatten singet Und das nahe Lienbchen grüßt! Wie die Lichter zitternd schweifen Und das Gras sich grün erfreut, Wie die Tannen weithin greifen Und die Linde Blüten streut! In der Linde süß Gedüfte, In der Tannen Riesellaut, In dem Spiel der Sommerlüfte Glänzet sie als Frühlingsbraut. Aber Waldton, Vogelsingen, Duft der Blüten, haltet ein, Licht, verdunkle, nie gelingen Kann es euch, ihr gleich zu sein!
- by Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773 - 1853) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847), "Minnelied", op. 47 (Sechs Lieder) no. 1 (1839) [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Minnelied", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Carl Johengen) , "Love song", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Canción de amor", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 80
How the fountain so lovely sounds and kisses the tender flowers, how the finch in the shade sings and greets the nearby sweetheart! How the lights curve trembling and the grass rejoices in its green, how the firs reach out far and the lime tree strews its blooms! In the lime tree's sweet fragrance, in the firs loud rustling, in the play of summer air She appears as a spring bride. But forest sounds, birdsong, Fragance of blooms, cease, light, die away, you can never Be like unto her!
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2003 by Carl Johengen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2004-01-26
Line count: 16
Word count: 89