Translation © by Emily Ezust

Blumenlied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Es ist ein halbes Himmelreich,
Wenn, Paradiesesblumen gleich,
Aus Klee die Blumen dringen;
Und wenn die Vögel silberhell
Im Garten hier, und dort am Quell,
Auf Blütenbäumen singen.

Doch holder blüht ein edles Weib,
Von Seele gut, und schön von Leib,
In frischer Jugendblüte.
Wir lassen alle Blumen stehn,
Das liebe Weibchen anzusehn,
Und freun uns ihrer Güte.

Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder, 1784, page 152.

First published in this version edited by Voß. Hölty's original version, with the title Minnelied, is slightly different; see below.


Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Robert Lucas Pearsall.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de les flors", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bloemenlied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Flower song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-07-28 23:28:18
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Flower song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 It is almost half of heaven's kingdom
 When, like blossoms of paradise,
 the flowers emerge from the clover;
 And when the birds sing with silvery voices,
 in the garden here and there, by the stream,
 in the blossoming trees.

 Yet even lovelier blossoms the noble lady,
 Goodhearted and fair,
 In the fresh bloom of youth.
 We let the flowers be
 To gaze at this lovely little woman,
 And delight in her goodness.

Authorship

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 73