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"

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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


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 22

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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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 41