by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Zwischen Weizen und Korn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Zwischen Weizen und Korn,
Zwischen Hecken und Dorn,
Zwischen Bäumen und Gras,
Wo [gehts]1 Liebchen? 
Sag mir das.

  Fand mein Holdchen 
  Nicht daheim;
  Muß das Goldchen 
  Draußen sein.
  Grünt und blühet 
  Schön der Mai;
  Liebchen ziehet 
  Froh und frei.

An dem Felsen beim Fluß,
Wo sie reichte den Kuß,
Jenen ersten im Gras, 
Seh' ich etwas!
Ist sie das? --2 

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Note: The modernized spelling of "Weizen" is "Waizen". See also this placeholder for songs with the title "Mailied" that might or might not refer to this poem.

1 Huberti: "geht das"
2 Several composers (not Huberti, Medtner) add: "Das ist sie, das!"

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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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Emmanuel Hiel (1834 - 1899) ; composed by Gustave Léon Huberti.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation possibly by Maurice Kufferath (1852 - 1919) and possibly by Gustave Lagye (1843 - 1908); composed by Gustave Léon Huberti, Emil Nikolaus von Rezniček.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de mai", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 60

Chant de mai
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Parmi le froment et les grains,
Parmi les haies et les épines,
Parmi les arbres et l'herbe,
Où marche ma chérie, 
Dis-le moi !

  Je ne trouve pas 
  Ma bien-aimée à la maison ;
  Mon trésor 
  Doit être dehors
  Le mois de Mai verdit 
  Et fleurit magnifiquement,
  Ma chérie se promène 
  Libre et heureuse.

Près du rocher à la rivière,
Où elle m'a donné ce baiser,
Le premier dans l'herbe,
Je vois quelque chose, 
Est-ce elle ?

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2009-08-22
Line count: 18
Word count: 77