Der Winter kalt (Johannes Eccard)

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Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2004-11-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Der Winter kalt
Composer: Johannes Eccard

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Newe Lieder, no. 21

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Der Winter kalt ist vor dem Haus,
wo soll ich Armer aus?
In diesem Strauß
tu ich doch nicht erschreckken.
Es kommt die liebe Zeit,
darauf ich harr und beit
gar mit fröhlichem Mut;
es ist der liebe Maienschein,
der mich erfreuen tut.

English.png English translation

a rather free (but scanning) translation

Cold winter stretches out before the house;
So how shall I, poor being, venture forth?
But let me not affrighted cow’r within:
Take courage, quiv’ring soul, and seek the warmth
That shining May will bring to me e’relong,
Rejoicing in the sunshine of the spring.

Isabel Leonard, Watertown, Massachusetts, Feb. 2007