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Schon kehren die Vögel wieder ein

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Schon kehren die Vögel wieder ein,
Es schallen die alten Lieder,
Ach, die fröhliche Jugend mein,
Kommt die wohl auch noch wieder?

  Ich weiß nicht, was ich so thöricht bin!
Wolken im Herbstwind jagen,
Die Vögel ziehn über die Wälder hin,
Das klang wie in Frühlingstagen.

  Dort auf dem Berg, da steht ein Baum,
Drin jubeln die Wandergäste,
Er aber, müde, rührt wie im Traum
Noch einmal Wipfel und Äste.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichedorffs sämtliche poetische Werke, Dritte Auflage, Erster Band. Gedichte, Leipzig: C.F. Amelang’s Verlag, 1883, pages 238-239.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Already the birds are returning

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Already the birds are returning,
The old songs ring out,
Ah, my joyful youth,
Shall it too ever return?

  I know not why I am so foolish!
Clouds are scudding in the autumn wind,
The birds pass over the forests,
That sounded like in days of spring.

  There upon the mountain stands a tree,
Within it the wandering guests are rejoicing,
But the tree, tired, as if in a dream
Stirs once more its crown and branches.

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English song title (Kornauth): Lingering sounds
English song title (Schoeck): Lingering sound


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Text added to the website: 2014-08-20 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-08-20 16:12:34

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Word count: 78