by Klaus Groth (1819 - 1899)
Translation © by Shula Keller

Wie Melodien zieht es
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA SPA
Wie Melodien zieht es
Mir leise durch den Sinn,
Wie Frühlingsblumen blüht es,
Und schwebt wie Duft dahin.

Doch kommt das Wort und faßt es
Und führt es vor das Aug',
Wie Nebelgrau erblaßt es
Und schwindet wie ein Hauch.

Und dennoch ruht im Reime
Verborgen wohl ein Duft,
Den mild aus stillem Keime
Ein feuchtes Auge ruft.

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Confirmed with Klaus Groth's Gesammelte Werke. Vierter Band. Plattdeutsche Erzählungen - Hochdeutsche Gedichte, Kiel und Leipzig, Verlag von Lipsius & Tischer, 1893, page 177.


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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Stephen Jackson) , title 1: "Se mueve como una melodía", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "It moves like a melody", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Come una melodia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , title 1: "Just like a melody", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Comme des mélodies", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Als melodieën gloeit het", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Leonard Lehrman) , title 1: "Like melodies", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , title 1: "Mar cheolta sí ag teacht chugam", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Just like a melody
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Just like a melody to draw me
So gently through my mind
As flowers in the Springtime
As fragrance floating by - (2)

But when imprisoned in the poem
That rests before my eyes,
To misty gray it fa-des
Like vapor from my breath (2)

And still, aroma from my verses
Will linger in the buds
Then softly come unbound
All myst'ries to unfold -- so softly 'fore my eyes, unfold (2).

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:43
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