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Language: German (Deutsch)

Schmücket die Locken mit duftigen Kränzen
  Und folget der Freude beglückendem Drang,
Begrüßet den Frühling mit heiteren Tänzen,
  Den Sieger, der Alles in Liebe bezwang.

Der Winter bedroht ihn mit schauriger Kälte,
  Der Sommer verfolgt ihn mit flammendem Speer,
Aber er schwebt [unterm blauen]1 Gezelte
  Sorglos und lächelnd auf Düften daher.

        Und die treue Erde 
        Mit Liebes-Geberde
            Eilt ihm entgegen, 
            Es heben und regen
Sich tausend Kräfte in ihrer Brust,
  Und künden der Liebe selige Lust.

        Es rieseln die Quellen
        Und Knospen schwellen,
            Blumen erscheinen
            Und in den Hainen
Singt Philomele aus tiefer Brust
  Und kündet der Liebe selige Lust.

Drum schmücke die Locken mit bräutlichem Kränzen,
  Wem2 schaffende Kraft noch den Busen durchdringt,
Und huld'ge dem Sieger in [freudigen]3 Tänzen,
  Der Alles mit schaffender Liebe bezwingt.

Translation(s): FRE DUT
F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-3, 5 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Franz von Schober, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1842, page 10.

Spelling variants: "Liebes-Geberde" is sometimes spelled "Liebesgebärde" or "Liebesgeberde"
1 Schubert (both versions): "unter blauem"
2 note: there is a typo in the edition we checked; this is "Wenn" in the edition, and hand-corrected to "Wem", which appears in later editions (cf. an 1868 edition of Deutsche Lyriker seit 1850 available in Google Books). "Wenn" appears erroneously in the 1891 score of Schubert's D. 709.
3 Schubert (both versions): "heiteren"


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):
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant de printemps", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Lentegezang", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Chant de printemps

Language: French (Français)

Décorez les boucles de couronnes parfumées
Et suivez l'impulsion joyeuse du bonheur !
Saluez le printemps avec des danses gaies,
Ce vainqueur, qui a défait tout le monde par l'amour !

L'hiver le menace avec un froid horrible ;
L'été le suit avec sa lance flamboyante ; (Spper -> Speer)
Mais il flotte ici sous le ciel bleu
Sans souci et souriant dans la brise.

Et la terre fidèle 
avec des gestes d'amour
Se hâte vers lui, 
alors se lèvent et se meuvent
mille forces dans son sein,
Et proclament la joie bénie de l'amour.

Donc décorez les boucles avec des couronnes de fiançailles
De celui dont la force ardente perce le sein,
Et rendez hommage au vainqueur avec des danses gaies,
À lui qui a défait tout le monde par un amour ardent.

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