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Fahr wohl

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Fahr wohl,
O Vöglein, das nun wandern soll;
Der Sommer fährt von hinnen,
Du willst mit ihm entrinnen:
  Fahr wohl, fahr wohl!

  Fahr wohl,
O Blättlein, das nun fallen soll,
Dich hat rot angestrahlet
Der Herbst im Tod gemalet:
  Fahr wohl, fahr wohl! 

  Fahr wohl,
O Leben, das nun sterben soll,
Nicht sterben kann das Leben,
Wird neu der Gruft entschweben;
  Fahr wohl, fahr wohl! 

  Fahr wohl!
In langen Winternächten soll
Mein Geist nun schau'n im Traume,
Was sonst mein Aug' im Raume;
  Fahr wohl, fahr wohl! 

  Fahr wohl,
All Liebes, das nun scheiden soll! 
Und ob es so geschehe,
Daß ich nicht mehr dich sehe,
  Fahr wohl, fahr wohl,
    Fahr wohl!

Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FIN FRE

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J. Brahms sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Farewell!", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , title 1: "Hyvästi!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Pieter van der Woel) , title 1: "Vaarwel", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Vaarwel!/ O vogeltje dat nu trekken gaat

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

O vogeltje1 dat nu trekken gaat,
De zomer is aan ‘t kwijnen,
Jij wilt met hem verdwijnen:
Vaarwel, vaarwel!
O blaadje dat nu vallen gaat,
Jou heeft met rood gezegend
De herfst, door dood getekend:
Vaarwel, vaarwel!
O leven dat nu sterven gaat,
De dood zal het niet krijgen,
’t Zal nieuw het graf ontstijgen.
Vaarwel, vaarwel!
In lange winternachten zal
Mijn geest nu moeten dromen
Wat anders zien mijn ogen:
Vaarwel, vaarwel!
Al ’t mooie dat ons nu verlaat,
Al kan ‘k er niet op bouwen,
Dat ‘k weer je mag aanschouwen:
Vaarwel, vaarwel!

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1 Vogeltje: bij Brahms te zingen op een triool


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2015 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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