by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Lied für XXX
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Leicht, wie gaukelnde Sylphiden,
Flattern süsser Schwärmereien
Auf den süssen Rose bleiben
Lose wie die Waidchen hin.
Küsse diese, küsse jene,
Küsse, küsse warm und heiss.
Fessle flüchtig Alles Schöne
Rasch in deinen Zauberkreis.
In dem Spiel beseelten Träumen,
Wiege, süsse Träumereien
Über junge Blüten Keime
Träumerisch dein Leben hin.
Träume wie die Rosen währen,
Wenn die Weste sie umwehn,
Ach, die Wahrheit sind die Tränen
Nur im Träumen lebt sich's schön.

Note (provided by Laura Prichard): this text was written for and the song composed for the married singer Agnus Carus.


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied voor XXX", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Song for XXX", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant pour XXX", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2008-03-31 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-03 22:18:25
Line count: 16
Word count: 72

Song for XXX
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Light, like enchanting fairies,
Flutters sweet raptures
Down onto sweet roses
As delicate woad blossoms.
Kiss this one, kiss that one,
Kiss, kiss warmly and lovingly.
Bind everything fleeting and beautiful
Quickly into your fairy ring.
In the play of inspired dreams,
Sweet reveries sway
Over young, sprouting seeds
Dreaming your life away.
Dreams persist like roses,
When the West Wind caresses them,
Alas, truth is found in tears:
Only in dreams, is life itself so beautiful.


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-03 22:17:53
Line count: 16
Word count: 77