by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Frühlingskinder im bunten Gedränge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Frühlingskinder im bunten Gedränge,
Flatternde Blüten, duftende Hauche,
Schmachtende, jubelnde Liebesgesänge
Stürzen ans Herz mir aus jedem Strauche.
Frühlingskinder mein Herz umschwärmen,
Flüstern hinein mit schmeichelnden Worten,
Rufen hinein mit [trunkenem]1 Lärmen,
Rütteln an längst [verschlossenen]2 Pforten.
Frühlingskinder, mein Herz umringend,
[Was doch sucht ihr darin so dringend?]3
Hab' ich's verrathen euch jüngst im [Traume]4,
Schlummernd [unter dem]5 [Blüthenbaume]6?
Brachten euch Morgenwinde die Sage,
Daß ich im Herzen eingeschlossen
Euren lieblichen Spielgenossen,
Heimlich und selig -- ihr Bildnis trage?

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Confirmed with Nicolaus Lenau, Gedichte, Dritte Auflage, Stuttgart und Tübingen: Verlag der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1837, page 81.

1 Lang (likely a typo): "trunkenen"; Strauss: "trunknem"
2 Strauss: "verschlossnen"; Schultz: "verschlossene"
3 Lang: "Was doch sucht ihr darinnen so dringend?"; Marek: "was sucht ihr darin, was doch sucht ihr so dringend?"
4 Schultz: "Traum"
5 Strauss: "unterm"
6 Schultz: "Blüthenbaum"


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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Voices of Spring", first published 1897
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Profusione di primavera", copyright © 2008, (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: 16
Word count: 78

Children of spring in a colourful tumult
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Children of spring in a colourful tumult,
Fluttering blossoms, scented breezes,
Languishing, rejoicing love songs
Dash themselves at my heart from out of every bush.
Children of spring swarm about my heart,
Whisper into [it] with flattering words,
Call into [it] with intoxicated clamouring,
Rattle at long-locked gates.
Children of spring, encircling my heart,
[What do you seek so urgently therein?]1
Did I recently disclose it to you in a dream,
While slumbering under the blossoming tree?
Did the morning winds bring you the tidings
That I have enshrined in my heart
Your lovely playmate,
That I secretly and blissfully carry her image there?

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Translations of title(s):
"Frühlingsgedränge" = "Tumult of spring"
"Frühlingskinder" = "Children of spring"
"Frühlingskinder in buntem Gedränge" = "Children of spring in a colourful tumult"

1 Marek: "What do you seek therein, what then do you seek so urgently?"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-10-08
Line count: 16
Word count: 104