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Es singt ein Vögelein, ,,witt, witt,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es singt ein [Vögelein]1, ,,witt, witt, witt,
Komm mit, komm mit!"
O könnt' ich Vögelein, mit dir ziehn,
Wir wollten über die Berge fliehn,
Durch die blauen, schönen Lüfte zumal,
[Uns]2 baden im warmen Sonnenstrahl.
Die Erd' ist eng, der Himmel weit;
Die Erd' ist arm, hat nichts als Leid;
Der Himmel ist [reich]3,  hat nichts, als Freud'.
Das Vögelein hat sich geschwungen schon
Durchwirbelnd die Luft mit [süßem]4 Ton,
O Vögelein, daß dich Gott behüt'!
Da sitz' ich am Ufer und kann nicht mit.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Reichardt: "Vöglein", passim.
2 Reichardt: "Zu"
3 Reichardt: "weit"
4 Reichardt: "dem süßen"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:24

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Word count: 85

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A bird is singing, "Witt, witt, witt

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A bird is singing, "Witt, witt, witt, 
Come with me! Come with me!" 
O if I could be a bird, wandering with you,
We wanted to fly across the mountains, 
through the beautiful blue air above all, 
To bathe in the warm sunbeam; 
The earth is close, the sky wide; 
the earth is poor, and holds nothing but suffering; 
The sky, the sky is wide, and holds nothing but joy. 
The little bird has already vaulted aloft, 
whirling through the air with its sweet sound; 
O little bird, God will protect you! 
As I sit on the shore and cannot go with you.

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Translations of title(s):
"Das Vögelein" = "The little bird "
"Das Mädchen am Ufer" = "The girl on the shore"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Philipp Conz (1762 - 1827), "Das Mädchen am Ufer"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Luise Reichardt, Heinrich Kaspar Schmid. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-07-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-07-08 09:07:48

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