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Der Tannenbaum

Language: German

Der Tannenbaum steht schweigend,
Einsam auf grauer Höh';
Der Knabe schaukelt im Nachen
Entlang dem blauen See.

Tief in sich selbst versunken
Die Tanne steht und sinnt,
Der Knabe kos't der Welle,
Die schäumend vorüberrinnt.

"Du Tannenbaum dort oben,
Du alter finstrer Gesell,
Was schaust du stets so trübe
Auf mich zu dieser Stell'?"

Da rühret er mit Trauern
Der dunklen Zweige Saum,
Und spricht in leisen Schauern,
Der alte Tannenbaum:

"Daß schon die Axt mich suchet
Zu deinem Todenschrein,
Das macht mich stets so trübe,
Gedenk' ich Knabe, dein."

Translation(s): ENG


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 (Malcolm Wren) , "The fir-tree", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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