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Vöglein im Birkenbaum

Language: German (Deutsch)

Vöglein im Birkenbaum
Singen hell,
Wellen mit weißem Schaum
Springen schnell,
Springen den Berg hinab
Sonder Ruh,
Tanzen dem Meeresgrab
Fröhlich zu,
Glitzern im Sonnenglanz
Wirbeln im tollen Tanz,
Rasten nicht.

So mit euch fliehn geschwind,
Welch ein Glück,--
Hieltest du süßes Kind
Mich nicht zurück!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gustav Kastropp, König Elf’s Lieder. Eine lyrische Rhapsodie, Zweite Auflage, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1877, pages 20-21

Submitted by 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-25.
Last modified: 2017-06-06 18:59:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 47

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Little birds in the birch tree

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Little birds in the birch tree
Sing brightly,
Waves with their white foam
Leap rapidly,
Leap down the mountain
Without rest,
Dance joyfully toward the
Sparkle in the sunshine
With silvery light,
Whirl in a mad dance,
Do not rest.

Thus to fly rapidly with you --
What joy, --
If you sweet child did not
Hold me back!

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Translations of title(s):
"Vöglein im Birkenbaum" = "Little birds in the birch tree"
"Vöglein im Birkenbaum singen hell" = "Little birds in the birch tree sing brightly"


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Text added to the website: 2017-06-08.
Last modified: 2017-06-08 00:52:45
Line count: 16
Word count: 58