by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (1779 - 1850)

Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese stand
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA NOR SPA SPA
Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese stand,
Gebückt in sich und unbekannt;
Es war ein herzigs Veilchen.
[Da]1 kam [eine]2 junge Schäferin
Mit leichtem [Schritt]3 und [muntrem]4 Sinn
Daher, daher,
Die Wiese her, und sang.

Ach! denkt das Veilchen, wär ich nur
Die schönste Blume der Natur,
Ach, nur ein kleines Weilchen,
Bis mich das Liebchen abgepflückt
Und an dem Busen matt gedrückt!
Ach nur, ach nur
Ein Viertelstündchen lang!

Ach! aber ach! das Mädchen kam
Und nicht in Acht das Veilchen nahm,
Ertrat das arme Veilchen.
Es sank und starb und freut' sich noch:
Und sterb' ich denn, so sterb' ich doch
Durch sie, durch sie,
Zu ihren Füßen doch.

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1 omitted by Štěpán.
2 Mozart: " ein' "
3 Medtner: "Tritt"
4 This is often modernized to "munterm"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het viooltje", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "A violet stood upon the lea", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Leon Malinofsky) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La violette", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La violetta", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Fiolen", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Una pequeña violeta vivía sobre la pradera", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 110

Violen
Language: Danish (Dansk)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Violen stod ved Bækkens Bred,
Af Ingen kjendt, og bøiet ned,
En venlig lille Blomme.
Hyrdinden gik med Rosenkind,
Med lette Fjed og muntert Sind,
Sin Gang, sin Gang
Ad Marken hen, og sang.

"Ak, var jeg", tænkte smaa Viol,
"Det bedste Blomster under Sol
Et Øieblik, ei mere,
Til Plgens hvide Haand mig brod,
Og jeg paa Brystet fandt min Død!
Ak kun, ak kun, -
En flygtig lille Stund!"

Ak, see! da tog hun hid sin Vei,
Men tog i Agt Violen ei,
Den stakkels Blomst hun knuste.
Den synker, døer, men døer med Lyst:
"[Og]1 skal jeg døe, saa er min Trøst:
Min Død, min Død
Ved hendes Fod er sød." 

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1 Kjerulf: "thi"

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Text added to the website: 2009-07-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
Line count: 21
Word count: 114