by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Charles Beltjens (1832 - 1890)

Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Ein [Fichtenbaum]1 steht einsam
Im Norden auf kahler Höh';
Ihn schläfert; mit weißer Decke
Umhüllen ihn Eis und Schnee.

Er träumt von einer Palme,
Die fern im Morgenland,
Einsam und [schweigend]2 trauert
Auf brennender Felsenwand.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 137.

1 Biegeleben: "Tannenbaum"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Marx: "schweigsam"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by James Thomson (1834 - 1882) , "Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam", appears in Poems Selected from Heinrich Heine, ed. by Kate Freiligrath Kroeker, London: Walter Scott, Limited, page 67, first published 1887 ; composed by Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus, John Joseph Becker.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Gérard Labrunie (1808 - 1855) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 28 ; composed by Maurice Delage.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923) ; composed by Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in Norwegian (Bokmål), a translation by John Olaf Paulsen (1851 - 1924) , "På Norges nøgne fjelde" ; composed by Edvard Grieg.
  • Also set in Norwegian (Bokmål), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Iver Holter.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841) , written 1841 ; composed by Boris Vladimirovich Asafiev, Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Aleksandr Borisovich Goldenveizer, Alexander Aleksandrovich Kopylov, Sergei Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov, Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Larionovich Mikhailov (1829 - 1865) , no title, written 1845/56 ; composed by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksei Ivanovich Mashistov ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by Maksim Antonivich Slavinsky (1868? - 1945?) ; composed by Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (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) , "A spruce-tree stands alone", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "A fir-tree standing lonesome", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , appears in The Poems of Heine Complete, first published 1861
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , "Song", appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "In northern land a pine-tree"
  • ESP Esperanto (Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof) , "En nord' unu pino"
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 33, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sta un abete solitario", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Sur un sommet de l'aride Norwège
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sur un sommet de l'aride Norwège
Croît un sapin, sauvage enfant du Nord
Un lourd manteau, fait de glace et de neige,
De sa blancheur l'enveloppe; -- il s'endort.

En rêve il voit la palme solitaire
Se désolant dans l'orient lointain,
Sur un rocher brûlant comme un cratère,
Sous un soleil qui jamais ne s'éteint.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-03 00:00:00
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