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Language: German (Deutsch)

Den Fischer fechten Sorgen
Und Gram und Leid nicht an,
Er löst am frühen Morgen
Mit leichtem Sinn den Kahn.

Da lagert rings noch Friede
Auf Wald und Flur und Bach,
Er ruft mit seinem Liede
Die gold'ne Sonne wach.

[Und]1 singt zu seinem Werke
Aus voller frischer Brust,
Die Arbeit gibt ihm Stärke,
Die Stärke Lebenslust!

Bald wird ein bunt Gewimmel
In allen Tiefen laut,
Und plätschert durch den Himmel
Der sich im Wasser baut -

Und schlüpft auf glatten Steinen
Und badet sich und schnellt,
Der Große frißt den Kleinen
Wie auf der ganzen Welt.

Doch wer ein Netz will stellen
Braucht Augen klar und gut,
Muß heiter gleich den Wellen
Und frey seyn wie die Fluth;

Dort angelt auf der Brücke
Die Hirtinn - schlauer Wicht,
[Gib auf nur deine]2 Tücke
Den Fisch betrügst du nicht!


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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6-7

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Confirmed with Dichtungen vom Freyherrn Franz von Schlechta. Erster Band. Wien, 1824. Im v. Hirschfeld'schen Verlage, pages 115-116.

Note: Schlechta's poem was posthumously published again in a substantially revised version with the title Fischerlied in Ephemeren, see below.

1 Schubert: "Er"
2 Schubert (2nd version only): "Entsage deiner"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La cançó del pescador", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Visserslied", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Fisherman's song", copyright © 2015
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chanson de pêcheur", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Μελωδία του ψαρά", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Pescando", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Chi pesca non è afflitto
Da pene, tormenti o ansia;
Salpa di buon mattino
Senza pensieri in barca.
E' pace dappertutto
Boschi, ruscelli e prati,
lui sveglia con il suo canto
il sole dai raggi dorati.
E lavorando canta
Con voce fresca e acuta,
la pesca gli dà forza,
la forza, gioia di vita.
Un brulichio screziato
laggiù nel fondo si mostra
Sguazza nel cielo azzurro,
Che dentro l'acqua si specchia.

A chi vuole gettare la rete,
serve uno sguardo attento,
allegro come le onde
libero come la corrente.
Là sopra il ponte pesca
la pastorella astuta -
Ai tuoi trucchi rinuncia,
il pesce non abbocca.

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