by Friedrich Hermann Frey (1839 - 1911), as Martin Greif
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
  Naht die jubelvolle Zeit[,]
Kommt auch mir ein Sehnen;
Längst entflohner Seligkeit
Denk ich nach mit Tränen.
   Und ich schaue, wie im Traum,
Ihren fernen Schimmer
Weben um den Weihnachtsbaum,
Kehrt sie selbst auch nimmer.

Confirmed with Wartburgstimmen, Zweiter Jahrgang, 2, 1904, page 352.


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) (Salvador Pila) , "Esperit de Nadal", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Christmas mood", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Esprit de Noël", copyright © 2014, (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: 36

Esperit de Nadal
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quan s’acosta el temps de plena joia,
m’arriba també un anhel;
en una felicitat que fa molt temps va fugir
hi penso ara amb llàgrimes.

I esguardo, com en somnis,
el seu besllum llunyà bellugar-se
a l’entorn de l’arbre de Nadal,
tot i que ella no tornarà mai més.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2020 by Salvador Pila, (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: 2020-03-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 49