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Gesang einer gefangenen Amsel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dunkler Odem im grünen Gezweig.
Blaue Blümchen umschweben das Antlitz
Des Einsamen, den goldenen Schritt
Ersterbend unter dem Ölbaum.
Aufflattert mit trunknem Flügel die Nacht.
So leise blutet Demut,
Tau, der langsam tropft vom blühenden Dorn.
Strahlender Arme Erbarmen
Umfängt ein brechendes Herz.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Georg Trakl, Das dichterische Werk, München, 1972, page 74.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Bertram Kottmann


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant d'un merle prisonnier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Song of a captive blackbird", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Song of a captive blackbird

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Dark breath in the green branches. 
Blue flowerets hover round the countenance 
of the forlorn one, the golden step 
dying under the olive tree. 
Night flutters up with a drunken wing. 
So softly humility bleeds, 
dew that slowly drips from the blossoming thorn. 
Mercy of radiant arms 
embraces a breaking heart.

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Text added to the website: 2016-06-24.
Last modified: 2016-06-24 22:46:02
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Word count: 51