by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Walter Meyer

Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE HUN HUN ITA
Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn,
Röslein auf der Heiden,
War so jung und morgenschön,
Lief er schnell es nah zu sehn,
Sah's mit vielen Freuden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.
 
Knabe sprach: ich breche dich,
Röslein auf der Heiden!
Röslein sprach: ich steche dich,
Daß du ewig denkst an mich,
Und ich will's nicht leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.
 
Und der wilde Knabe brach
's Röslein auf der Heiden;
Röslein wehrte sich und stach,
Half [ihr]1 doch kein Weh und Ach,
Mußt' es eben leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein roth,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 17.

First published in a different version by Johann Gottfried Herder in 1772 with the title "Fabelliedchen", and again in 1779 with the title "Röschen auf der Heide" (see below).

1 Reichardt: "ihm"

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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)

Set in a modified version by .

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Eleonore D'Esterre-Keeling (1856 - 1939) ; composed by Niels Wilhelm Gade.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Niels Wilhelm Gade.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Józef Grajnert (1831 - 1910) ; composed by Stanisław Moniuszko.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "野地上的小玫瑰", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Karel Dostál-Lutinov) , "Růžička"
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jan Evangelista Nečas) , "Růže pustých polí"
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Otokar Fischer) , "Růžička"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Heideroosje", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "Rose blossom on the heath", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Roselet on the heather", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ESP Esperanto (Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof) , "La rozeto"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Valter Juva) , "Ruusu metsätiellä"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Bélanger) , "Rose sauvage"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Petite rose de la lande", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Rosellina selvaggia", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-10-15 19:00:37
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Word count: 101

Rose blossom on the heath
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Passing lad a rose blossom spied,
Blossom on the heath growing,
'Twas so fair and of youthful pride,
Raced he fast to be near its side,
Saw it with joy o'erflowing.
Blossom, blossom, blossom red,
Blossom on the heath growing.

Said the lad: I shall pick thee,
Blossom on the heath growing!
Blossom spoke: Then I'll prick thee,
That thou shalt ever think of me,
And I'll not be allowing.
Blossom, blossom, blossom red,
Blossom on the heath growing.

And the lusty lad did pick
The blossom on the heath growing;
Blossom, in defense, did prick,
'Twas, alas, but a harmless nick,
Had to be allowing.
Blossom, blossom, blossom red,
Blossom on the heath growing.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 1996 by Walter Meyer, (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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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 115