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Der Wachtelschlag

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Ach! wie]1 schallt's dorten so lieblich hervor;
   Fürchte Gott!
   Fürchte Gott!
Ruft mir die Wachtel in's Ohr!
Sitzend im Grünen, von Halmen umhüllt,
Mahnt sie den Horcher [im Schattengefild]2:
   Liebe Gott!
   Liebe Gott!
Er ist so [gütig, so]3 mild.

Wieder bedeutet ihr hüpfender Schlag:
   Lobe Gott!
   Lobe Gott!
Der dich zu lohnen vermag.
Siehst du die herrlichen [Früchten]4 im Feld,
Nimm es zu Herzen, Bewohner der Welt!
   Danke Gott!
   Danke Gott!
Der dich ernährt und erhält.

Schreckt [mich]5 im Wetter der Herr der Natur,
   Bitte Gott!
   Bitte Gott!
Ruft sie, er schonet die Flur.
Machen Gefahren [des Krieges mir]6 bang,
[Tröstet mich wieder der Wachtelgesang:]7
   Traue Gott!
   Traue Gott!
Sieh, er verziehet nicht lang!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Almanach und Taschenbuch für häusliche u. gesellschaftl. Freuden. 1799. von Carl Lang mit Kupfern von D. Chodowicki, H. Guttenberg &. Heilbronn am Neckar im Industrie Comtoir, pages 250-251.

This is the first version of Sauter's poem. Later he published his poem in a revised form, see below.

1 Beethoven (first print), and Schubert: "Ach, mir"; Sauter (1811 edition), and Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "Horch, wie"
2 Sauter (1811 edition), Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "am Saatengefild"
3 Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "gütig und"
4 Beethoven and Schubert: "Früchte"
5 Beethoven and Schubert: "dich"
6 Beethoven and Schubert: "der Krieger dir"
7 omitted by Beethoven and Schubert

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El crit de la guatlla", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kwartelslag", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "The cry of the quail", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le cri de la caille", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Jakob Nikolaus Craigher de Jachelutta) , "Il canto della quaglia"


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