Translation © by Emily Ezust

Du junges Grün, du frisches Gras!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Du junges Grün, du frisches Gras!
[Wie]1 manches Herz durch dich genas,
Das von des Winters Schnee erkrankt,
O wie mein Herz nach dir verlangt!

Schon [brichst]2 du aus der Erde Nacht,
Wie dir mein Aug' entgegen lacht! 
[Hier in des Waldes stillem Grund
Drück' ich dich, Grün, an Herz und Mund.]3

[Wie treibt's]4 mich von den Menschen fort!
Mein Leid, das [hebt]5 kein Menschenwort,
Nur junges Grün ans Herz gelegt,
Macht, daß mein Herze stiller schlägt.

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1 von Wilm: "So"
2 von Wilm: "steigst"; Schumann: "wächst"
3 Linke: "Und hier im stillen Waldesgrund / Drück' ich dich warm an Herz und Mund."
4 von Wilm: "Es treibt"
5 von Wilm: "heilt"


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Verd primerenc", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Eerste groen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Primo verde", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 77

You young green, you fresh grass!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You young green, you fresh grass!
How many hearts have recovered through you
after falling ill from winter's snow?
O how my heart longs for you!

Already you are growing from earth's night;
how my eye laughs to gaze toward you!
Here in the forest's mute grounds
I press you to me, you green, to my heart and my lips.

How driven I am to leave humanity!
My sorrow can be lifted by no human word;
only young grass lying upon my heart
will make my heart beat more calmly.

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Translated titles:
"Frühlingskur" = "Spring cure"
"Erstes Grün" = "First green"


  • 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: 12
Word count: 90