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Translation © by Emily Ezust

Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich Sie
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
  Im [Frühlingsschatten]1 fand ich Sie;
Da band ich Sie mit Rosenbändern:
Sie fühlt' es nicht und schlummerte.

  Ich sah Sie an; mein Leben hing
Mit diesem Blick' an ihrem Leben:
Ich fühlt' es wohl, und wußt' es nicht.

  Doch lispelt' ich Ihr [sprachlos]2 zu,
Und rauschte mit den Rosenbändern:
Da wachte Sie vom Schlummer auf.

  Sie sah mich an; Ihr Leben hing
Mit diesem Blick' an meinem Leben,
Und um uns [ward's]3 Elysium.

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 123, in which the poem is titled "Das Rosenband". First published in Lieder mit Melodien, für das Clavier, von Christian Ernst Rosenbaum. Zweeter Theil. Altona und Lübeck, Bey David Iversen, Königl. privil. Buchhändler aufs Herzogth. Holstein; 1762, page 6, with the title "Das schlafende Mägdchen"; then in Musenalmanach für das Jahr 1770. Göttingen bey Johann Christian Dieterich, page 68, with the title "Das schlafende Mädchen"; and in Poetische Blumenlese auf das Jahr 1774. Göttingen und Gotha, bey Johann Christian Dieterich, page 117, with the title "Cidli".

1 Schubert, Zemlinsky: "Frühlingsgarten"
2 Schubert: "leise"
3 Schubert, Tomášek: "ward"


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) , "La cinta rosa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De rozenband", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "The Rose Chain", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le ruban rose", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il laccio di rose", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "La guirnalda de rosas", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

In spring shade I found her
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In spring shade I found her,
and bound her with rosy ribbons:
she did not feel it, and slumbered on.

I looked at her; my life hung
with that gaze on her life:
I felt it well, but knew it not.

But I whispered wordlessly to her
and rustled the rosy ribbons.
Then she awoke from her slumber.

She looked at me; her life hung
with this gaze on my life:
and around us it became Elysium.

About the headline (FAQ)

"Das Rosenband" - "The ribbon of roses"
"Cidli" - a proper name.


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Based on:

  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803), title 1: "Das Rosenband", title 2: "Das schlafende Mädchen", title 3: "Cidli", title 4: "Das schlafende Mägdchen", written 1753, first published 1762


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