Agnes (Hugo Distler)

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  • (Posted 2022-10-11)  CPDL #71110:         
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2022-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 325 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition contains text in German and English

General Information

Title: Agnes
Composer: Hugo Distler
Lyricist: Eduard Mörike
Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Strophic Lied in 3 short verses.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Rosenzeit! Wie schnell vorbei,
      Schnell vorbei,
Bist du doch gegangen!
Ach! Wär mein Lieb nur blieben treu,
      Bleiben treu,
Sollte mir nicht bangen.

Schleiche so durch's Wiesental,
      So durch's Tal,
Als im Traum verloren,
Ach! nach dem Berg, da tausendmal
Er mir Treu geschworen.

Oben auf des Hügels Rand,
Wein ich bei der Linde;
Ach! an dem Hut mein Rosenband
      Von seiner Hand,
Spielet in dem Winde.

English.png English translation

Rosebud time—how quick to leave,
      quick to leave—
once again you’ve left us!
Oh, if my love were true to me,
      true to me,
I’d not even notice.

Now I tramp the meadow vale,
      meadow vale,
sad and lost in dreaming.
Oh, by that hill a thousand times,
      a thousand times,
love he swore unceasing.

I climb to the hillside’s crest,
by a lime tree weeping.
Oh! From my hat the rose-red band,
      from his own hand,
in the wind is streaming.