by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Lob des Frühlings
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Saatengrün, Veilchenduft, 
Lerchenwirbel, Amselschlag, 
Sonnenregen, linde Luft! 

Wenn ich solche Worte singe, 
Braucht es [dann]1 noch großer Dinge, 
Dich zu preisen, Frühlingstag?

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludwig Uhland, J.G.Cotta’sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart und Tübingen, 1815, page 56.

1 Marx: "da"


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lof der lente", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Praise of spring", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Louange du printemps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-02-21 15:31:57
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Praise of spring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The first green of the sown wheat, the scent of violets,
The whirling of larks, the singing of blackbirds,
Showers of sunlight, balmy air!

If I sing words such as these,
Are great things still necessary
To praise you, springtime day?


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Text added to the website: 2013-09-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
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