by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

O legt mich nicht ins dunkle Grab
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
O legt mich nicht ins [dunkle]1 Grab,
Nicht unter die grüne [Erd']2 hinab!
Soll ich begraben sein,
[Lieg' ich]3 in's tiefe Gras hinein.
In Gras und Blumen [lieg']4 ich [gern]5,
Wenn eine Flöte tönt von fern
Und wenn hoch obenhin
Die hellen Frühlingswolken ziehn.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludwig Uhland, Stuttgart und Tübingen: in der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1815, page 55.

1 Schorch: "kühle"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Lang: "Erde"
3 Lang: "legt mich"
4 Medtner: "liegt' "
5 Lang: "so gern"


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 Russian (Русский), a translation by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873) , "Весеннее успокоение", first published 1832 ; composed by Konstantin Kralovich Albrekht, Nikolai Nikolayevich Cherepnin, Pavel Grigorevich Chesnokov, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Vladimir Ivanovich Pol, Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Larionovich Mikhailov (1829 - 1865) , "Весенний покой" ; composed by Aleksandr Ivanovich Rubets, Nikolai Andreyevich Tivol'sky.

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
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Paix du printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Paix du printemps
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ô ne me couche pas dans la sombre tombe,
Ne m'enterre pas sous la verte terre !
Si je dois être enseveli,
Que ce soit dans les hautes herbes.

Dans l'herbe et les fleurs je serai bien,
Lorsque du lointain la flûte se fera entendre
Et lorsque tout là-haut
Passeront les clairs nuages du printemps.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-08
Line count: 8
Word count: 55