The wild rose

warabewa mitari nonakano bara

kiyorani sakeru sonoiro medetsu

akazu nagamu

kurenai niou nonakano bara

A boy saw a little rose on the heath,

innocent and of a wonderful color,

he could barely look long enough at it.

The little rose on the heath stood in red smell.

In the third part of the first musicbook for elementary school, this song was published with the title “Flower bird” in 1884. In 1909, Sakufû Kondô wrote lyrics entitled “Little rose on the heath” for this particular song that were close to Goethe’s original poem. Since children could only hardly understand parts of these lyrics, he later on simplified them. Moreover, he added the title “The wild rose” to this version that is widely spread nowadays.