by Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773 - 1853)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

In dem lüfte‑süssen Mayen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Mittelhochdeutsch 
Available translation(s): ENG
In dem [lüfte-süssen Mayen]1 
Wann der Wald gekleidet staht,
So sieht man sich schöne zweien
Alles das, was [Liebes]2 hat,
Und [es mit einander]3 froh,
Das ist recht, die Zeit will so.

Wo sich [Lieb]2 zu Liebe zweiet,
Liebe hohen Muth [verleiht]4, 
In der beider Herze mayet 
Es mit Freuden alle Zeit, 
Trauerns will die Liebe nicht,
Wo man Lieb bei Liebe sicht.

Wo zwei Lieb einander meinen
[Herziglichen]5 ohne Wank, 
Und sich beide so vereinen, 
Daß ihr Lieb ist ohne Krank,
Die hat Gott zusammen geben  
Auf ein wunnigliches Leben.

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Confirmed with Frauendienst. Ulrich von Lichtenstein. Nach einer alten Handschrift bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Ludwig Tieck, Stuttgart und Tübingen: J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1812, Lied no. 28, pages 209 - 210.

1 Bischoff: "luftesüssen Maien", more changes may exist, not noted above
2 Herzogenberg: "Liebe"
3 Herzogenberg: "ist mitsammen"
4 Herzogenberg: "verleihet"
5 Herzogenberg: "Herz-innig und"


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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)

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Research team for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Melanie Trumbull

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In the breeze‑sweet Maytime
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the breeze-sweet Maytime,
When the woods stand garbed,
Then one sees everything that has something dear
Beautifully pair up,
And be happy with each other;
That is right, the time wants it thus.

Where love pairs up with love,
Love bestows great courage,
In the two hearts it becomes May
Joyfully at all times;
Love does not want mourning
Where one sees love beside love.

Where two deem to love each other
[Fervently, steadfastly]1,
And unite themselves so that
Their love is without affront,
Those God has joined
For a blissful life. 

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Translations of title(s):
"Eine Tanz-Weise" = "A dance-melody"
"In dem lüftesüssen Maien" = "In the breeze-sweet Maytime"
"Liebesglück" = "Joy of love"

1 Herzogenberg: "Fervently and steadfastly "


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