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Vöglein Schwermut

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein schwarzes Vöglein fliegt über die Welt,
das singt so todestraurig...
[Wer es hört, der hört nichts anderes mehr,]1
wer es hört, der tut sich ein Leides an,
der mag keine Sonne mehr schauen.

Allmitternacht ruht es [sich]2 aus
auf [dem Finger]3 des Tods.
Der streichelt's leis und spricht ihm zu:
"Flieg, mein [Vögelein!]4 flieg, mein [Vögelein!]3"
Und wieder [fliegt's]5 flötend über die Welt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 omitted by Petersen.
2 omitted by Wolff
3 Zemlinsky: "den Fingern"
4 Zemlinsky: "Vögelchen!"
5 Wolff: "fliegt's Vögelein"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (John H. Campbell) , "Melancholy bird", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Mélancolie du petit oiseau", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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