Thank you to all the generous supporters who helped us raise $15,792 for our site-renewal project! We can't wait for you to see what we're building! Your ongoing donations are essential for The LiederNet Archive to continue in its mission of providing this unique resource to the world, so if you didn't get a chance to contribute during the overhaul drive, your help in any amount is still valuable.

The LiederNet Archive

Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

Lied

Language: German (Deutsch)

Weit über das Feld durch die Lüfte hoch
Nach Beute ein mächtiger Geier flog.

Am Stromesrande im frischen Gras
Eine junge weißflüglige Taube saß;

O verstecke dich, Täubchen, im grünen Wald!
Sonst verschlingt dich der lüsterne Geier bald!

Eine Möwe hoch über der Wolga fliegt,
Und Beute spähend im Kreis sich wiegt.

O halte dich, Fischlein, im Wasser versteckt,
Daß dich nicht die spähende Möwe entdeckt!

Und steigst du hinauf, so steigt sie herab
Und macht dich zur Beute und führt dich zum Grab.

Ach, du grünende feuchte Erde du!
Tu dich auf, leg mein stürmisches Herz zur Ruh'!

Blaues Himmelstuch mit der Sternlein Zier,
O trockne vom Auge die Träne mir!

Hilf, Himmel, der armen, der duldenden Maid!
Es bricht mir das Herz vor Weh und Leid!


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

List of language codes

Note: text was later published in 1853 in Gedichte, titled "Ivan".

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


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

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Lied", op. 3 (Sechs Gesänge für Tenor oder Sopran mit Pianoforte) no. 4 (1853), published 1854 [soprano or tenor and piano], Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Song", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Lied", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22

Line count: 18
Word count: 128

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Far above the field, high through the air,
In search of prey a powerful vulture flew.

By the edge of the river in the fresh grass
A young white-winged dove sat;

O hide yourself, little dove, in the green forest!
Or the greedy bird will soon devour you!

A seagull high over the Volga flies,
And spying prey, circles and shakes itself.

O keep yourself hidden in the water, little fish,
That you not be discovered by the spying seagull! 

If you climb to the surface, then it will descend
And make you its prey and lead you to the grave.

Ah, you green, damp earth!
Open and let my turbulent heart rest!

Blue skycloth, studded with stars,
O dry the tears from my eyes!

Help, o heaven, this poor tolerant maiden!
It breaks my heart from pain and sorrow!


IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
    from the LiederNet Archive -- http://www.lieder.net/

    For any other purpose, please write to the e-mail address below to request permission and discuss possible fees.

    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)



Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892), first appeared in Ivan, der Sohn des Starost, Poetische Farbenskizze aus Rußland, first published 1842 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22

Line count: 18
Word count: 140