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Der Wachtelschlag

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Ach! wie]1 schallt's dorten so lieblich hervor;
   Fürchte Gott!
   Fürchte Gott!
Ruft mir die Wachtel in's Ohr!
Sitzend im Grünen, von Halmen umhüllt,
Mahnt sie den Horcher [im Schattengefild]2:
   Liebe Gott!
   Liebe Gott!
Er ist so [gütig, so]3 mild.

Wieder bedeutet ihr hüpfender Schlag:
   Lobe Gott!
   Lobe Gott!
Der dich zu lohnen vermag.
Siehst du die herrlichen [Früchten]4 im Feld,
Nimm es zu Herzen, Bewohner der Welt!
   Danke Gott!
   Danke Gott!
Der dich ernährt und erhält.

Schreckt [mich]5 im Wetter der Herr der Natur,
   Bitte Gott!
   Bitte Gott!
Ruft sie, er schonet die Flur.
Machen Gefahren [des Krieges mir]6 bang,
[Tröstet mich wieder der Wachtelgesang:]7
   Traue Gott!
   Traue Gott!
Sieh, er verziehet nicht lang!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Almanach und Taschenbuch für häusliche u. gesellschaftl. Freuden. 1799. von Carl Lang mit Kupfern von D. Chodowicki, H. Guttenberg &. Heilbronn am Neckar im Industrie Comtoir, pages 250-251.

This is the first version of Sauter's poem. Later he published his poem in a revised form, see below.

1 Beethoven (first print), and Schubert: "Ach, mir"; Sauter (1811 edition), and Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "Horch, wie"
2 Sauter (1811 edition), Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "am Saatengefild"
3 Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "gütig und"
4 Beethoven and Schubert: "Früchte"
5 Beethoven and Schubert: "dich"
6 Beethoven and Schubert: "der Krieger dir"
7 omitted by Beethoven and Schubert

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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) , "El crit de la guatlla", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kwartelslag", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "The cry of the quail", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le cri de la caille", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Jakob Nikolaus Craigher de Jachelutta) , "Il canto della quaglia"


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The cry of the quail

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh! From over there so sweetly it resounds:
Fear God, fear God!
The quail cries in my ear.
Sitting in the greenery, wrapped in stems;
It entreats the listener in shady realms:
Love God, love God!
He is so gentle, so kind.

Again it tells us in a lively cry:
Praise God, praise God!
He is able to give you the worthwhile.
Do you see the wonderful fruits in the field?
Take this to heart, people of the world:
Thank God, thank God!
Who feeds and keeps you.

He frightens you in the storm, The Lord of Nature:
Plead with God, plead with God!
It calls; he spares the fields.
If the threats of warriors make you anxious:
[Comfort it brings me again, the song of the quail:]1
Trust in God, trust in God!
Look, he will not turn away from you for long.


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1 omitted by Schubert.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Samuel Friedrich Sauter (1766 - 1846), "Der Wachtelschlag", written 1796, first published 1799 CAT DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-06-13.
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