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Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche
Steht ein Pavillon aus grünem
Und aus weißem Porzellan.

Wie der Rücken eines Tigers
Wölbt die Brücke sich aus Jade
Zu dem Pavillon hinüber.

In dem Häuschen sitzen Freunde,
Schön gekleidet, trinken, plaudern,
Manche schreiben Verse nieder.

Ihre seidnen Ärmel gleiten
Rückwärts, ihre seidnen Mützen
Hocken lustig tief im Nacken.

Auf des kleinen Teiches stiller
Wasserfläche zeigt sich alles
Wunderlich im Spiegelbilde,

Alles auf dem Kopfe stehend
In dem Pavillon aus grünem
Und aus weißem Porzellan;

Wie ein Halbmond steht die Brücke,
Umgekehrt der Bogen. Freunde,
Schön gekleidet, trinken, plaudern.

Translation(s): ENG ITA CAT FRE

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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)

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation possibly by Alfred Henschke (1890 - 1928) FRE
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Of youth ", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Giovinezza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "De la joventut", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-01-16.

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Of youth

Language: English

In the middle of the small pond
stands a pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

Like the back of a tiger
the jade bridge arches
across toward the pavilion.

In the small house sit friends,
finely dressed; they drink, chat,
and some write down verses.

Their silk sleeves slide back, 
their silk caps
perch jauntily far back on their necks.

On the small pond's still
surface, all things appear
strangely mirrored.

Everything is standing on its head
in the pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

The bridge looks like a half-moon,
its arch inverted. Friends,
finely dressed, are drinking and chatting.

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Changed 2014-08-11 with thanks to Dr. Harald Krebs for his kind suggestions.


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    (emily at lieder dot net)

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    * a text in German (Deutsch) by Not Applicable , title unknown [an adaptation] CAT ITA FRE GER
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Text added to the website: 2004-01-16.