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Die geheimnisvolle Flöte

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Chinese (中文)

An einem Abend, da die Blumen dufteten
Und alle Blätter an den Bäumen, trug der Wind mir
Das Lied einer entfernten Flöte zu. Da schnitt
Ich einen Weidenzweig vom Strauche, und
Mein Lied flog, Antwort gebend, durch die blühende Nacht.
Seit jenem Abend hören, wann die Erde schläft,
Die Vögel ein Gespräch in ihrer Sprache.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE

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Die chinesische Flöte. Nachdichtungen chinesischer Lyrik, Band 1, YinYang Media Verlag. ISBN 3-9806799-5-0.
Note: this text is still copyright in the EU by YinYang Media Verlag.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The mysterious flute", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Mrs. Bertram Shapleigh) , "The Mysterious Flute"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi) , "La Flûte mystérieuse"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La flûte mystérieuse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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La Flûte mystérieuse

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Un soir que l'air était rempli de frais parfums
parmi les fleurs et la verdure, j'entendis la chanson
d'une lointaine flûte au vent.  Alors je pris
la tige d'un jonc frêle pour répondre au chant
suave dans la nuit toute en fleurs.
Depuis ce soir, dans l'ombre, quand la terre dort,
l'oiseau entend parler en son langage.

From the Sjögren edition.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hans Bethge (1876 - 1946), appears in Die chinesische Flöte [an adaptation] DUT ENG ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Altmann, Gottfried von Einem, Léonard Pieter Joseph Michielsen, Julius Röntgen, James Simon, Emil Sjögren, Rudolf Wagner-Régeny, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-02-11 00:00:00.
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