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.

Frau Schwalbe ist 'ne Schwätzerin

Language: German (Deutsch)

Frau Schwalbe ist 'ne Schwätzerin,
Sie schwatzt den ganzen Tag,
[Sie]1 plaudert mit der Nachbarin,
So viel sie plaudern mag;
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Den lieben [langen]2 Tag!
Sie schwatzt von ihren Eiern viel,
Von ihren Kindern klein,
Und wenn sie Niemand hören will,
Schwatzt sie für sich allein.
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Und kann nicht stille sein!
Hält sie im Herbst Gesellschaft gar
Auf jenem Dache dort,--
So schwatzen die Frau Schwalben all
Erst recht in einem fort;
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Und man versteht kein Wort!

Translation(s): ENG

List of language codes

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with Kinder-Lieder von G. Ch. Dieffenbach, Mainz: Verlag von C.G. Kunze, 1854, page 31

1 Humperdinck "Die"
2 Humperdinck "ganzen"

Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 (Malcolm Wren) , title 1: "The swallow", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-04-12 16:44:22

Line count: 18
Word count: 88

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

Browse (Petrucci Music Library) for Lieder or choral works