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Auf einem grünen Hügel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Auf einem grünen Hügel
  Da steht ein Röslein hell,
Und wenn ich roth, roth Röslein seh' --
So roth wie lauter Liebe --
  Möcht' weinen ich zur Stell'!

Auf einem grünen Hügel
  Da stehn zwei Blümlein blau,
Und wenn ich blau, blau Blümlein seh' --
So blau, wie blaue Äuglein,
  Durch Thränen ich sie schau'!

Auf einem grünen Hügel
  Da liegt ein weißer Stein,
Und drunter liegt wohl all' mein Glück
Schon manches Jahr begraben
  In einem schwarzen Schrein!

Auf einem grünen Hügel
  Da singt ein Vögelein;
Mir ist's, als säng's: Wer niemals Leid --
Recht großes Leid erfahren,
  Wird nie recht glücklich sein!

Translation(s): ENG CAT FRE
C. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 4

Confirmed with Jucunde von Hermann Rollett, Leipzig, Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1853, pages 61-62.


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, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , title 1: "Upon a green, green hillock", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Damunt d’un verd tossal", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sur une colline verte", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Upon a green, green hillock

Language: English

Upon a green, green hillock,
there grows a lovely rose,
and when a red, red rose I see,
as red as purest love is,
I'd weep upon the spot!

Upon a green, green hillock,
there grow two flowers blue,
and when two blue, blue flow'rs I see,
as blue as small blue eyes are,
I see them through my tears!

Upon a green, green hillock,
there sings a little bird,
I think it sings: "Who never grieves
or deepest sorrow suffers,
will never happy be."

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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 1996 by David Kenneth Smith <dksmith (AT) geneva.edu>, http://www.geneva.edu/~dksmith/clara/schumann.html, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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