Language: German (Deutsch) after the German (Deutsch)
Es flattert um die Quelle
Die wechselnde Libelle,
Mich freut sie lange schon:
Sie schwirrt und schwebet,
Und rastet nie, und rastet nie.
Bald dunkel... und bald helle,
wie der Chamäleon.
Bald rot, bald blau, bald grün.
o daß ich in der Nähe
doch ihre Farben sähe!
Doch stille! sie setzt sich an die Weiden.
Da hab' ich sie, und nun betracht' ich sie genau,
und seh' ein traurig dunkles Blau.
Translation(s): ENG FRE
List of language codes
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
The text shown is a variant of another text.
It is based on
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
Settings in other languages or adaptations:
- Also set in German (Deutsch), original text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) , title 1: "Die Freuden" FRE by Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Eduard Behm.
Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Fluttering about the water-spring", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Les plaisirs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 13
Word count: 71
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
the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
- Emily Ezust
Fluttering about the water‑spring
Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
Fluttering about the water-spring
Is the ever-changing dragonfly.
It has long been a source of joy for me.
It whirs and hovers
And never rests,
Now appearing dark, now appearing light,
Like the chameleon --
Now red, now blue, now green.
Oh, if I could only admire its colours up close!
But hush! It is settling upon the willow!
Now I've got it!
And I examine it carefully
And see a sad, dreary blue.
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.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
(licenses at lieder dot net)
Text added to the website: 2008-03-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:39
Line count: 13
Word count: 73