Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Hell in's Fenster scheint die Sonne
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Plattdeutsch 
Available translation(s): ENG
Hell in's Fenster scheint die Sonne,
Scheint in's Herz mir Himmelswonne;
Und was kalt ist, dumpf und weh,
Thaut sie weg, wie [Eis und Schnee]1.

Winter weint die hellsten Thränen,
Und ich fühle [Frühjahrssehnen]2,
[Kinderfreude]3, frisch wie Thau,
Lacht mir [aus dem Himmelsblau]4.

Noch ist's Zeit für Glück und Wonne,
Komm herein, [o]5 [Frühjahrssonne]6!
Lächle mir [die Seligkeit]7,
Tief in's Herz! noch ist es Zeit!

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Confirmed with Quickborn. Gedichte aus dem Volksleben von Klaus Groth, aus ditmarscher Mundart übertragen von A. v. Winterfeld, Berlin: Verlag von A. Hofmann & Comp., 1856, pages 212-213.

1 Hauptmann, Reger: "wie Maienschnee"
2 Hauptmann, Reger: "Frühlingssehnen"
3 Hauptmann, Reger: "Lust und Freude"
4 Hauptmann, Reger: "zu des Himmels Blau"
5 Reger: "o komm, du"
6 Hauptmann, Reger: "Frühlingssonne"
7 Reger (in the second tenor part only): "die hehre Seligkeit"


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Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2008-12-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

The sun shines brightly into the window
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The sun shines brightly into the window,
It shines heavenly bliss into my heart,
And what is cold, dull, and painful,
[The sun] melts away like [ice and snow]1.

Winter weeps the brightest tears,
And I feel a springtime yearning;
[Childlike joy]2, fresh as dew,
[Smiles upon me from out of]3 the blue of the sky.

There is still time for happiness and bliss,
Come in, [oh]4 springtime sun!
Smilingly send [felicity]5
Deep into my heart; there is still time.

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Translations of title(s):
"Frühlingssonne" = "Spring sun"
"Hell ins Fenster" = "Brightly into the window"
"Hell in's Fenster scheint die Sonne" = "The sun shines brightly into the window"

1 Hauptmann, Reger: "snow in May"
2 Hauptmann, Reger: "Joy and happiness"
3 Hauptmann, Reger: " Is smiled upon me by"
4 Reger: "oh come, you"
5 Reger (in the second tenor part only): "the lofty felicity"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-11-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 80