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Die Drossel

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Ich will ja nicht [zum]1 Garten gehn,
Will liegen sommerlang,
[Hört' ich die lust'ge]2 Drossel nur,
Die in dem Busche sang."
Man fängt dem Kind die Drossel ein,
Im Käfig sitzt sie dort,
Doch singen will sie nicht und hängt
Ihr Köpfchen immerfort.
Noch einmal blickt das Kind nach ihr
Mit bittendem Gesicht,
Da schlägt die Drossel schön und hell,
Da glänzt sein Aug' und bricht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Uhlands Werke, Erster Teil, Gedichte, herausgegeben von Adalbert Silbermann, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., [no year], page 142

1 Strauss: "in"
2 Strauss: "Hör' ich die liebe"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La grive", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The thrush", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-07-13 13:10:28
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The thrush

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

"I would not want to go to the garden,
I would lie here for the whole summer,
[If I could only hear the merry]1 thrush
That sang in the bushes."
They catch the thrush for the child,
It sits there in a cage,
But it does not want to sing and hangs
Its little head always.
The child looks at it one more time
With a pleading countenance,
Whereupon the thrush throbs beautifully and brightly,
[The child’s] eyes shine and close in death.

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1 Strauss: "into"
2 Strauss: "If only I hear the dear"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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