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Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär',
Und auch zwei Flüglein hätt',
  Flög' ich zu dir;
Weil's aber nicht kann sein,
  Bleib' ich allhier.

Bin ich gleich weit von dir,
[Bin ich doch] im Schlaf bei dir,
  Und red' mit dir;
Wenn ich erwachen tu,
  Bin ich allein.

[Vergeht keine Stund]2 in der Nacht,
Da [mein Herze nicht]3 erwacht,
  [Und an]4 dich gedenkt,
Daß du mir [viel tausendmal]5 
  Dein [Herze]6 geschenkt.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE IRI ITA POR

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Note: first stanza is also used by Treitschke in a text set by Beethoven, Ruf vom Berge, WoO. 147
1 Hiller: "Bin doch"
2 Hiller: "Kein Stunde"; Brahms, Schumann: "Es vergeht kein' Stund' "
3 Hiller: "nicht mein Herz"
4 Hiller: "An"
5 Hiller: "tausendmal, viel tausendmal"
6 Brahms, Hiller, Schumann: "Herz"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Auditorium du Louvre and Lau Kanen

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , title 1: "If I were a little bird", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , title 1: "Foss'io un uccellino", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Si j'étais un petit oiseau", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , title 1: "Se eu fosse um passarinho", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Als ik een vogel was", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2017-10-11 12:39:24
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If I were a little bird

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 If I were a little bird
 and also had two little wings
 I would fly to you.
 But because that cannot be,
 I remain just here.
 
 Equally if I am far from you,
 yet I am with you in sleep
 and talk to you.
 When I become awake,
 I am alone.
 
 There is no hour of the night goes by
 that my heart does not wake
 and is thinking of you,
 that many thousandfold
 you gave your heart to me.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär", Rheinisch DUT FRE IRI ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Behr, Johannes Brahms, Hans Harthan, George Henschel, Ferdinand von Hiller, Wilhelm C. Hollmann, Adolf Jensen, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Bruno Schmidt, Robert Alexander Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:55
Line count: 15
Word count: 81