by Julius Mosen (1803 - 1867)
Translation © by Shula Keller

Es grünet ein Nußbaum vor dem Haus
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA SPA
Es [grünet]1 ein Nußbaum vor dem Haus,
Breitet er blättrig die [Äste]2 aus.

Viel liebliche Blüten stehen dran;
Kommen, sie herzlich zu umfahn.

Es flüstern je zwei zu zwei gepaart,
Zierlich zum Kusse die Häuptchen zart.

Sie flüstern von einem Mägdlein, das
Tagelang, wüsste]3, ach! selber nicht was.

Sie flüstern - wer mag verstehn so gar
[Weise]4? -
Flüstern von Bräut'gam und nächstem Jahr.

Das Mägdlein horchet, es rauscht im Baum;
Sinkt es lächelnd in Schlaf und Traum.

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Confirmed with Julius Mosen, Gedichte, zweite vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1843, pages 122-123

1 Freudenberg: "steht"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Schumann: "Blätter", although sometimes left as "Äste"
3 Schumann: "die Nächte / und Tage lang, wusste"
4 Schumann: "Weis'"


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "El noguer", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De notenboom", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "The nut-tree", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le noyer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il noce", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (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: 24
Word count: 89

The nut‑tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
There stands a green nut-tree by my house
its foliage, airy, covering, shade...

Its blossoms are blooming on every branch...
are blowing, caressing the blossoms soft

The flowers are whispering pair by pair
they are 
bending, each tender petal to kiss...

They whisper about a maiden, 
now longing, 
now sighing,
By day and through the night, knowing not what - nor why...

They murmur ... they're buzzing low... How can their magic 
be known 
or seen? 
Whisp'ring: your bridegroom will come next year... But one more year... 

The maiden ponders, she listens on, 
smiling... off into slumber gone.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-07-27
Line count: 24
Word count: 105