Appreciate Amazing Austria - Country #4
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Edelweiss is a tiny white fragile flower found high in the Alpine hills of
By reason of deep love, a young man would earnestly endanger himself to collect Edelweiss from the crags and ledges of the mountains. If successful, he would place the flower in the lapel of his jacket, and return to town. To return to town with Edelweiss flower in one's jacket was a sign to all of a love stricken man.
On a mission to present his fragile Edelweiss flower (before it wilted) to his young lady was a sure sign of his bravery and devotion, and often a testimony of his desire to enter into a lifetime of marriage.
The song, Edelweiss, is not Austrian or German. It was written and composed by two Americans: Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (words). However, Hammerstein did have a German heritage. In the film version, Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) sings an emotional version of "Edelweiss," which has contributed to the false idea that it is the Austrian national anthem.
Ironically, the song is relatively unknown in
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein
Musical: "The Sound of Music"
Every morning you greet me.
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow, may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless my homeland forever.
Musik: Richard Rodgers
Text: Oscar Hammerstein
Sehe ich dich, freue ich
Und vergess' meine Sorgen.
Schmücke das Heimatland, schön und weiß
Blühest wie die Sterne.
Ach, ich hab dich so gerne.