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An dem Feuer saß das Kind

Language: German (Deutsch)

An dem Feuer saß das Kind
Amor, Amor
Und war blind;
Mit dem kleinen Flügel fächelt
In die Flammen er und lächelt,
[Fächle, lächle,]1 schlaues Kind.

Ach, der Flügel brennt dem Kind!
Amor, Amor
Läuft geschwind!
"O wie [mich]2 die Glut durchpeinet!"
Flügelschlagend laut er weinet;
In der Hirtin Schoß entrinnt
Hülfeschreiend das schlaue Kind.

Und die Hirtin hilft dem Kind,
Amor, Amor
Bös und blind.
Hirtin, sieh, dein Herz entbrennet, 
Hast den [Schelm du]3 nicht gekennet.
Sieh, die Flamme wächst geschwinde.
Hüt dich vor dem schlauen Kind!


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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1 Strauss: "Fächelt, lächelt"
2 Strauss: "ihn" (this line not in quotes)
3 Strauss: "Schelmen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Lau Kanen [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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Amor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Cupid", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) , "Cupid", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Amour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Amore", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-11-30 12:23:00
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Cupid

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

By the fire sat the child
Cupid, Cupid 
and was blind;
with his little wings he fans
into the flames and smiles;
Fan, smile, wily child!

Ah, the child's wing is burning!
Cupid, Cupid 
runs quickly.
O how the burning hurts him deeply!
Beating his wings, he weeps loudly;
To the shepherdess's lap runs,
crying for help, the wily child.

And the shepherdess helps the child,
Cupid, Cupid, 
naughty and blind.
Shepherdess, look, your heart is burning;
You did not recognize the rascal.
See, the flame is growing quickly.
Save yourself, from the wily child!


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:22
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Word count: 95