by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dies ist ein lied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE IRI
[Dies]1 ist ein lied
Für dich allein:
Von kindischem wähnen
Von frommen tränen...
Durch morgengärten klingt es
Ein leichtbeschwingtes.
Nur dir allein
Möcht es ein lied
Das rühre sein.

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Confirmed with Stefan George, Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke, Band 6 / 7, Der siebente Ring, Berlin, 1931, page 157.

1 Wellesz: "Das"


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "This is a song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "C'est un chant", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 29

This is a song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 This is a song
 for you alone:
 of childish beliefs,
 of pious tears...
 through morning gardens it floats
 on light wings.
 Only for you
 would it like to be a song
 that moves the soul.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 36