by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Gekommen ist der Maie
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Gekommen ist der Maie,
Die Blumen und Bäume blühn,
Und durch die Himmelsbläue
Die [rosigen]1 Wolken ziehn.

Die [Nachtigallen]2 singen
Herab aus [der laubigen]3 Höh,
Die weißen Lämmer springen
Im weichen grünen Klee.

[Ich kann nicht singen und springen]4,
Ich liege krank im Gras;
Ich höre fernes Klingen,
Mir träumt, ich weiß nicht was.

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1 Curschmann: "ros'gen"
2 Curschmann: "lust'gen Vöglein"
3 Curschmann: "luftiger"
4 Curschmann: "Doch ich kann nicht springen und singen"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le mois de mai est arrivé", 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.
Line count: 12
Word count: 54

May has come
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
May has come,
The flowers and the trees blossom,
And through the blue of heaven
The rosy clouds travel.

The [nightingales]1 are singing
Down from the [leafy]2 heights,
The white lambs are leaping about
In the soft green clover.

[I cannot sing and leap]3,
Ill I lie in the grass;
I hear a distant ringing,
I am dreaming I know not what.

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Translations of title(s):
"Neuer Frühling" = "New spring"
"Mailied" = "May-song"
"Zum ersten Mai" = "For the first of May"
"Frühlingsankunft" = "Spring's arrival"
"Ungestillte Sehnsucht" = "Unassuaged yearning"
"Im Mai" = "In May"
"Duett" = "Duet"
"Der Mai" = "May"
"Frühlingslied" = "Spring song"
"Gekommen ist der Maie" = "May has come"
"Der neue Frühling" = "The new spring"

1 Curschmann: "merry birdlets"
2 Curschmann: "airy"
3 Curschmann: "But I cannot leap and sing"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 62