by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

O wär' mein Lieb' jen' Röslein roth
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O wär' mein Lieb' jen' Röslein roth 
Dort an dem alten Burgverließ, 
und o wär ich ein Tröpflein Thau, 
und fiel ihm die Brüst so süß! 

O Wonnemeer, in dem ich schwelg', 
An seinem Reiz ich selig hing, 
Die ganze Nacht in seinem Kelch 
Bis ich im Morgenstrahl verging.

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Note: due to a similarity in first lines, this text is often erroneously indicated to be a (very loose) translation of Burns' poem O my Luve's like a red, red rose, but this is in fact a translation of the second stanza of "Oh were my love yon lilac fair". For some reason, Kaufmann does not appear to have translated the first stanza; also he divided the stanza he translated into two four-line stanzas. Further confusing matters, Bendel's setting of this text is subtitled "Ungarisch" (according to Hofmeister), which would normally indicate that the text is a translation from the Hungarian.


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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Henri-François-Louis-Auguste Potez (b. 1863) ; composed by André Gédalge.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Wilhelm Ernst von Winterfeld (1824 - 1888) , "O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'" ; composed by Otto Bach, Ernst Paul Flügel.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by L. G. Silbergleit , "O wär' mein Lieb" ; composed by Jan Karol Gall, Eugène Jámbor, Rudolf Krzyzanowski.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) ; composed by Carl Banck, Frederick Brandeis, August Conradi, Wilhelm Heiser, Ludwig Hoffmann, Carl August Krebs, Arnold Krug, C. Adolph Oberdörffer, Hans Michael Schletterer, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Johann Bernhard André.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 49

Oh, si mon amour était cette petite rose...
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh, si mon amour était cette petite rose rouge
Là sur le donjon du vieux château,
Et si j'étais une petite goutte de rosée
Qui tomberait sur son sein si doux !

Oh, mer de délices, dans laquelle je m'abandonne,
Sur ses charmes, je serais suspendu, béat,
Toute la nuit dans son calice
Jusqu'à ce que je parte dans le rayon du matin.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (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: 2011-06-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 63