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Kein' bess're Lust in dieser Zeit

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kein' [bess're]1 Lust in dieser Zeit,
Als durch den Wald zu dringen,
Wo Drossel singt und Habicht schreit,
Wo Hirsch' und Rehe springen.

O säss' mein Lieb' im Wipfel grün,
Tät' wie 'ne Drossel schlagen!
O spräng' es, wie ein Reh' dahin,
Daß ich es könnte jagen!

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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1 Horneman: "bessere"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Hunter's song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant du chasseur", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Word count: 47

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Hunter's song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

No one better enjoys this time,
to ramble through the forest,
where thrush sings and hawk cries,
where stag and doe leap.

O how agreeable to sit in the green tree-top,
as the thrush sings out!
O if I could leap like a deer there,
I could hunt it so!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Jägerlied", written 1812, appears in Lieder CAT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedrich Curschmann, Reinhold Finsterbusch, Carl Friedrich Johann Girschner, Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Edvard Grieg, Henry Hepple, Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, Conradin Kreutzer, Franz Krinninger, Leopold Lenz, August Wilhelm Julius Rietz, Wilhelm Taubert, Felix von Woyrsch. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Word count: 50