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Volkslied

by Clara Schumann

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Volkslied
German source: Heinrich Heine

Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht,
Es fiel auf die zarten Blaublümelein:
Sie sind verwelket, verdorret.

Ein Jüngling hatte ein Mädchen lieb;
Sie flohen heimlich von Hause fort,
Es wusst’ weder Vater noch Mutter.

Sie sind gewandert hin und her,
Sie haben gehabt weder Glück noch Stern,
Sie sind gestorben, verdorben.

Folksong
English translation © Richard Stokes

There fell a frost one night in spring,
It fell on the tender forget-me-nots;
They are now blighted, withered.

A young man loved a maiden;
In secret they eloped together;
Neither father nor mother knew.

They wandered to and fro;
They had neither luck nor guiding star;
They perished, died.

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Volkslied
German source: Heinrich Heine

Folksong
English source: Richard Stokes

Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht,
There fell a frost one night in spring,
Es fiel auf die zarten Blaublümelein:
It fell on the tender forget-me-nots;
Sie sind verwelket, verdorret.
They are now blighted, withered.

Ein Jüngling hatte ein Mädchen lieb;
A young man loved a maiden;
Sie flohen heimlich von Hause fort,
In secret they eloped together;
Es wusst’ weder Vater noch Mutter.
Neither father nor mother knew.

Sie sind gewandert hin und her,
They wandered to and fro;
Sie haben gehabt weder Glück noch Stern,
They had neither luck nor guiding star;
Sie sind gestorben, verdorben.
They perished, died.

Composer

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann (1819-96) née Wieck is one of the most significant women in musical history. Apart from being a tremendously successful pianist and pedagogue, she wrote numerous songs alongside other works in various genres. She also transformed the…

Poet

Heinrich Heine

Heine was born of Jewish parents. Much of his early life was influenced by the financial power of his uncle Salomon Heine, a millionaire Hamburg banker, with whom he remained on an awkward footing for many years. After he had been educated in the…

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