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Hirschlein ging im Wald spazieren

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hirschlein ging im Wald spazieren,
  Trieb allda sein artig Spiel,
Daß er stets den andern Thieren
  Als ein lust'ger Freund gefiel.
Laufen konnt' er, konnte springen
  Ueber Graben, Heck' und Bach,
Mit der frühsten Vögel Singen
  Ward auch er zum Spielen wach.
Aber hinter Haselsprossen
  Barg sich Jäger und sein Hund,
Hat nur gar zu gut geschossen,
  Schoß das arme Hirschlein wund.
Da sich's schnell zusammenraffte,
  Bangend lief durch Thal und Hain,
Rief der Jäger laut, und klaffte [sic]
  Phylax spottend hinterdrein.
Hirschlein wollt's den Freunden klagen,
  Aber Alle liefen fort,
Ließen's wunde Hirschlein zagen,
  Suchte jeder sichern Ort.
Hirschlein kann nun nicht mehr springen,
  Thut die Wund' ihm gar zu weh',
Wenn die Vögel wieder singen,
  Legt sich's weinend in den Klee.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué, Alwin: ein Roman in zwei Bänden von Pellegrin, Zweiter Band, Berlin: bei Friedrich Braunes 1808, pages 223-224

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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Emil Kuh (1828 - 1876) [an adaptation] ENG by Peter Cornelius.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Joyful counterpoint", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-01-11.
Last modified: 2016-01-11 14:54:54
Line count: 24
Word count: 123

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Joyful counterpoint

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Little deer promenaded in the forest,
  There he played his agreeable games,
So that the other animals always
  Liked him as a merry companion.
He could run, he could leap
  Over hedge, ditch and brook;
With the singing of the earliest birds
  He, too, awakened to play.
But behind the hazelnut scions
  A hunter concealed himself with his dog;
The hunter shot only too well,
  Wounded the poor little deer.
When the deer quickly gathered himself,
  Ran anxiously through valley and grove,
The hunter called loudly, and [the dog]
  Phylax yelped mockingly after him.
The little deer wanted to tell his friends of his woe,
  But all of them ran away,
They left the wounded little deer to his distress,
  Each of them sought a safe place.

The little deer can no longer leap now,
  His wound is all too painful,
When the birds sing again,
  It lies down in the clover and weeps.

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Text added to the website: 2016-01-11.
Last modified: 2016-01-13 12:05:13
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Word count: 154