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Im Felde schleich' ich still und wild

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im [Felde]1 [schleich']2 ich still und wild,
Gespannt mein Feuerrohr.
Da schwebt so licht dein liebes Bild
Dein süßes Bild mir vor.

Du wandelst jetzt wohl still und mild
Durch Feld und liebes Thal,
Und ach mein schnell verrauschend Bild
Stellt sich dir's nicht einmal?

Des Menschen, der die Welt durchstreift
Voll Unmuth und Verdruß,
Nach Osten und nach Westen schweift,
Weil er dich lassen muß.

Mir ist es, denk' ich nur an dich,
Als in den Mond zu sehn;
Ein stiller Friede kommt auf mich,
Weiß nicht wie mir geschehn.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 2, 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 110.

First anonymously published in Christoph Martin Wieland's Der Teutsche Merkur vom Jahr 1776. Erstes Vierteljahr. Weimar, pages 8-9, with the title Jägers Nachtlied, see below.

1 Weber: "Walde"
2 Andersch: "schweif' " ; Gompertz: "streich' " ; further changes may exist not shown above.

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)

Set in a modified version by Philipp Christoph Kayser, Johann Friedrich Reichardt.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondlied van de jager", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In the fields/forests I creep, silent and wild", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant vespéral du chasseur", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-06-05 21:20:22

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Chant vespéral du chasseur

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

Je me glisse dans les champs, silencieux et farouche,
Le fusil armé
Alors apparaît ta chère image, si légère,
Ta douce image devant moi.

A présent tu marches calme et douce
A travers champs et tendre vallée,
Et hélas, mon image vite disparue,
Ne t'est-elle pas apparue une fois?

Celle d'un homme qui parcourt le monde
Plein de morosité et de dépit,
Qui erre d'est en ouest,
Parce qu'il doit te laisser.

Pour moi, ne penser qu'à toi,
C'est comme voir la lune;
Une paix sereine descend sur moi,
Et je ne sais comment cela m'arrive.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Jägers Abendlied", written 1775-6, first published 1776 CAT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josef Abendheim, R. Andersch, Johann Heinrich Carl Bornhardt, August Bungert, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Conrad Gompertz, Wilhelm Ferdinand Halter, Louise Pauline Marie Héritte-Viardot, Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, Johann Christoph Kienlen, Bernhard Klein, Immanuel Friedrich Knapp, Nikolaus, Freiherr von Krufft, Leopold Lenz, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Arnold Mendelssohn, Heinrich Meyer, Ignaz von Mosel, Heinrich Panofka, Karl Martin Reinthaler, Paul Samuel, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Bernhard Anselm Weber, Moritz Weyermann, Johannes Weyrauch, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-04-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:11

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