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Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein (1844) Op.63 no.6


Part of a series or song cycle:

Six Duets (Op.63)


Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein

Maiglöckchen läutet in dem Tal,
Das klingt so hell und fein:
So kommt zum Reigen allzumal,
Ihr lieben Blümelein!
Die Blümchen blau und gelb und weiss,
Die kommen all’ herbei,
Vergissmeinnicht und Ehrenpreis
Und Veilchen sind dabei.
Maiglöckchen spielt zum Tanz im Nu
Und alle tanzen dann,
Der Mond sieht ihnen freundlich zu,
Hat seine Freude d’ran.
Den Junker Reif verdross das sehr,
Er kommt in’s Tal hinein:
Maiglöckchen spielt zum Tanz nicht mehr,
Fort sind die Blümelein.
Doch kaum der Reif das Tal verlässt,
Da rufet wieder schnell
Maiglöckchen zu dem Frühlingsfest
Und läutet doppelt hell.
Nun hält’s auch mich nicht mehr zu Haus,
Maiglöckchen ruft auch mich:
Die Blümchen geh’n zum Tanz hinaus,
Zum Tanze geh’ auch ich!

Lily-of-the-valley and the little flowers

The lily-of-the-valley rings out in the valley,
Resounding bright and clear:
Gather round and dance,
All you darling little flowers!
Blue and yellow and white little flowers,
All gather now around,
Forget-me-nots and speedwells
And violets all are there.
The lily-of-the-valley plays at once,
And all now start to dance,
The moon looks on happily,
And shares in the fun.
Master hoar-frost sulks and sulks,
He comes into the valley:
The lily-of-the valley stops its dance-music,
Away go the little flowers.
But as soon as the hoar-frost has left the valley,
Lily-of-the-valley swiflty summons
All to the spring festivities
And rings out twice as brightly.
Now I can no longer stay inside,
The lily-of-the-valley calls me too:
The little flowers go out to the dance,
And to the dance go I!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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Poet

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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