by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es ist ein Schnee gefallen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es ist ein Schnee gefallen,
Denn es ist noch nicht Zeit,
Daß von den Blümlein allen,
Daß von den Blümlein allen,
Wir werden hoch erfreut.

Der Sonnenblick betrüget
Mit mildem falschem Schein,
Die Schwalbe selber lüget,
Die Schwalbe selber lüget,
Warum? Sie kommt allein!

Sollt' ich mich einzeln freuen,
Wenn auch der Frühling nah?
Doch kommen wir zu zweien,
Doch kommen wir zu zweien,
Gleich ist der Sommer da!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Gedichte von Goethe, Dritte Auflage, Berlin: G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1873, page 18.


Authorship

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) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (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: 15
Word count: 69

The snow has fallen
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The snow has fallen;
it is not yet time
for all the flowers
for all the flowers
to delight us.
 
The sun swindles us
with a mild, false glow;
even the swallow is lying,
even the swallow is lying -
and why? because he comes alone!

Should I enjoy myself alone
when Spring is so close?
Yet if there were two of us,
yet if there were two of us,
it would all at once be Summer!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of titles:
"März" = "March"
"Es ist ein Schnee gefallen" = "The snow has fallen"


Authorship

  • 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: 15
Word count: 77