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Du Rabe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du Rabe, sagte ich, du alter Unglücksrabe,
was tust du immerfort auf meinem Weg.
Wohin ich gehe, sitzt du
und sträubst die paar Federn. Lästig!
Ja, sagte er und ging mit gesenktem Kopf
vor mir auf und ab
wie ein Lehrer beim Vortrag, es ist richtig;
es ist mir selbst schon fast unbehaglich.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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: "Le corbeau", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28
Line count: 8
Word count: 53

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Le corbeau

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Toi, corbeau, ai-je dit, toi, vieux corbeau de malheur,
que fais-tu toujours sur mon chemin.
Où que j'aille,tu es posé
et tu hérisses tes quelques plumes. C'est ennuyeux !

Oui, dit-il, et avec la tête baissée il allait
devant moi de long en large
comme un professeur qui fait cours, c'est vrai,
pour moi-même c'est presque désagréable.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alexander Goehr. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-03.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
Line count: 8
Word count: 57