by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Frühlingskinder im bunten Gedränge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Frühlingskinder im bunten Gedränge,
Flatternde Blüten, duftende Hauche,
Schmachtende, jubelnde Liebesgesänge
Stürzen ans Herz mir aus jedem Strauche.
Frühlingskinder mein Herz umschwärmen,
Flüstern hinein mit schmeichelnden Worten,
Rufen hinein mit [trunkenem]1 Lärmen,
Rütteln an längst [verschlossenen]2 Pforten.
Frühlingskinder, mein Herz umringend,
[Was doch sucht ihr darin so dringend?]3
Hab' ich's verrathen euch jüngst im [Traume]4,
Schlummernd [unter dem]5 [Blüthenbaume]6?
Brachten euch Morgenwinde die Sage,
Daß ich im Herzen eingeschlossen
Euren lieblichen Spielgenossen,
Heimlich und selig -- ihr Bildnis trage?

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Confirmed with Nicolaus Lenau, Gedichte, Dritte Auflage, Stuttgart und Tübingen: Verlag der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1837, page 81.

1 Strauss: "trunknem"
2 Strauss: "verschlossnen"; Schultz: "verschlossene"
3 Marek: "was sucht ihr darin, was doch sucht ihr so dringend?"
4 Schultz: "Traum"
5 Strauss: "unterm"
6 Schultz: "Blüthenbaum"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (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 (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Voices of Spring", first published 1897
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Profusione di primavera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 78

Children of spring in colorful profusion
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Children of spring in colorful profusion,
fluttering blossoms, fragrant breezes,
yearning, jubilant songs of love -
they burst upon my heart from every bush.
Children of spring swarm around my heart,
whispering cajoling words,
calling with intoxicated shouts,
rattling gates long locked.
Children of spring, besetting my heart,
what do you still seek so urgently within?
Did I betray it to you recently in a dream
as I slumbered beneath a blossoming tree?
Or did the morning wind bring tidings to you
that, locked in my heart,
your lovely playmate's 
image I bear secretly and blissfully?

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Translation of title "Frühlingsgedränge = "Spring's profusion"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 96