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Gemäht sind die Felder, der Stoppelwind...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gemäht sind die Felder, der Stoppelwind weht,
Hoch droben in Lüften mein Drache nun steht,
Die Rippen von Holze, der Leib von Papier,
Zwei Ohren, ein Schwänzlein sind all seine Zier;
      Und ich denk': so drauf liegen
      Im sonnigen Strahl,
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!
 
Da guckt' ich dem Storch in das Sommernest dort:
Guten Morgen, Frau Storchen, geht die Reise bald fort?
Ich blickt' in die Häuser zum Schornstein hinein:
[Papachen, Mamachen]2, wie seid Ihr so klein!
      Tief unter mir säh' ich
      Fluß, Hügel und Thal --
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!
 
Und droben, gehoben, auf schwindelnder Bahn,
Da faßt' ich die Wolken, die segelnden an;
Ich ließ' mich besuchen von Schwalben und Krähn,
Und könnte die Lerchen, die singenden sehn,
      Die Englein belauscht' ich
      Im himmlischen Saal --
      Ach, wer [doch das]1 könnte
      Nur ein einziges Mal!


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Victor Blüthgen, Leipzig: Verlag von Edwin Schloemp, 1880, pages 216-217

1 Berger, Schoeck: "das doch"
2 Berger, Schoeck: "O Vater und Mutter"

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  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , no title
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The fields are all mown, the Autumn wind...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The fields are all mown, the Autumn wind blows
My kite all my own so highlightly [sic] goes,
Its ribs are of wood, and of paper its skin,
It has two great ears and a tail long and thin;
      And I think thus to soar
      In the warm, sunny sky,
      Oh! if one could only do it,
      If one only could fly!
 
I would look at the stork in its nest built in Spring,
Mrs. Stork, tell me true are you soon on the wing?
I would peep down the chimnies [sic] of houses so tall,
"Oh Father and Mother you both look so small."
      Far under I should see rivers
      And hills from on high.
      Oh! if one could only do it,
      If one only could fly!
 
And above there up lifted I’d see all the land,
The little grey clouds I could touch with my hand;
I’d make friends with the swallows that dart here and there,
And talk to the larks, singing high in the air,
      I’d hear even angels
      Perhaps there so high,
      Oh! if one could only do it,
      If one only could fly!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Victor August Eberhard Blüthgen (1844 - 1920), "Ach, wer das doch könnte"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Wilhelm Abt, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Paul Frommer, Othmar Schoeck. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2016-11-01.
Last modified: 2016-11-01 19:37:08
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Word count: 189