by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Was ist mir denn geschehen?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[Was]1 ist mir denn geschehen?
Bin ich vom Traum erwacht? -- --
Wie meine Augen sehen!
O, wie der Mund mir lacht!

Als hätt's noch nie gegeben
So lichtes Himmelsblau;
Auf meinem ganzen Leben
Liegt es wie Morgenthau.

Und in dem tiefsten Innern,
Da rieselt's wie ein Quell
Von Hoffen und Erinnern --
Wie schön ist das, wie hell!

O gold'ne Feierstunde! -- --
O komm, [du heißer]2 Mann,
Und küß' mir still vom Munde,
Was ich nicht sagen kann!

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Confirmed with Wanderzeit. Ein Liederbuch von Karl Stieler, Stuttgart, Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1882, page 30.

1 Erler: "Wie"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 note: modern singers may wish to substitute "geliebter" here.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Summer morning", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Matin d'été", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-02-28
Line count: 16
Word count: 75

Summer morning
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
What has happened to me?
Have I awakened from a dream? -- --
How my eyes can see!
Oh how my mouth laughs!

As if there had never before been
Such a luminous blue heaven;
Upon my entire life
Morning dew has fallen.

And in the deepest depths of my being
There is a rippling as of a waterspring
Of hope and remembrance -- --
How beautiful that is, how bright!

Oh golden hour of celebration! -- --
Oh come, [you hot]1 man,
And quietly kiss from my lips
That which I cannot utter!

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1 suggested substitution for modern singers: "beloved"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-22
Line count: 16
Word count: 88