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Vöglein, einsam in dem Bauer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Vöglein, einsam in dem Bauer,
Herzchen, einsam in der Brust,
Beide haben große Trauer
Um die süße Frühlingslust.

Um das Wandern, um das Fliegen
In dem Thal von Zweig zu Zweig,
Um das Wiegen, um das Schmiegen
An die Liebste warm und weich.

Vöglein[,] singe deine Klagen,
Bis die kleine Brust zerspringt,
Herz, mein Herz, auch du wirst schlagen,
Bis dein letzter Ton verklingt.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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Found in Die Sängerfahrt. Eine Neujahrsgabe für Freunde der Dichtkunst und Mahlerey. Gesammelt vom Friedrich Förster. Berlin: in der Maurerschen Buchhandlung, 1818, page 109.

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel and 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Birdling, solitary in the cage

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Birdling, solitary in the cage,
Little heart, solitary in the breast,
Both grieve greatly
For the sweet rapture of spring.
[Grieve for] the wandering, for the flying
In the valley from branch to branch,
[Grieve for] the swaying against, the nestling up to
The beloved, warmly and softly.
Birdling, sing your laments
Until your little bosom bursts;
Heart, my heart, you too shall beat
Until your last sound has faded away.

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Translated titles:
"Gefangner Sänger" = "Imprisoned singers"
"Die gefangenen Sänger" = "The imprisoned singers"


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