by Karl Busse (1872 - 1918)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bleiche Blüte, Blüte der Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
[Bleiche]1 Blüte, Blüte der Liebe,
Leuchte über dem Laubendach,
Ruf' in klopfenden Mädchenherzen,
Blüte der Liebe, die Sehnsucht wach!
Deiner Kelche verströmender Atem
Zittert, verzittert so schwer [und so stark]2,
Schwül von deinen duftenden Kronen
Weht der Nachtwind über den Park.

In der Laube lauschen zwei Augen.
Zögert und zagt ein Mädchenmund,
Sorge dich nicht und laß dich küssen,
Sieh, nur Sträucher raunen im Rund.

Und es ruft dir im pochenden Herzen
Weißer Jasmin die [Sehnsucht]3 wach -
[Weiße Blüten, Blüten der Liebe
Leuchten]4 über dem Laubendach.

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1 Lindner: "Weisse"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Strauss: "und stark"
3 Strauss: "Seele"
4 Strauss: "Weiße Blüte, Blüte der Liebe/ Leuchte"


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) , "El blanc gessamí", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "White jasmine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Jasmin blanc", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Alberto Pedrotti , Lau Kanen [Guest Editor] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 87

White jasmine
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pale blossom, blossom of love,
Shine over the roof of the arbour,
Within the beating hearts of maidens
Awaken longing, blossom of love!
The exhaling breath of your calices
Trembles, trembles away so heavily and strongly,
Laden with the scent of your coronas
The night wind wafts sensuously over the park.

In the arbour two eyes are listening,
A maiden's lips demur and hesitate,
Do not be anxious and let yourself be kissed,
See, only bushes are murmuring around us.

And within your beating heart,
White jasmine is awakening longing --
White [blossoms, blossoms]1 of love
Shine above the roof of the arbour.

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1 Strauss: "blossom, blossom"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (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: 2013-02-25
Line count: 16
Word count: 102