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Es ist in den Wald gesungen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es ist in den Wald gesungen,
Wenn ich der mein Leiden sage,
Die mein Herz mir hat bezwungen;
Sie hört nicht auf meine Klage.

Mir ist wie der Nachtigall,
Die so viel vergeblich singet,
Und ihr doch am Ende bringet
Lauter Schmerz ihr süßer Schall.

Was nützt in dem wilden Walde
Kleiner Vögelein Gesang,
Und ihr Tönen mannichfalte,
Wer sagt ihrem Singen Dank?

Stille bleibt der wilde Wald,
Und die Hirsche weiter ziehen,
Hören nicht den Ton im Fliehen,
Der so ganz umsonst verhallt.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Harald Krebs) , "Old German song", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33

Line count: 16
Word count: 84

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Old German song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

It is as if I were singing into the forest,
When I tell my sorrows 
To her who has conquered my heart;
She does not listen to my lament.

I feel like the nightingale
Who sings so much in vain,
And yet at last her sweet sound
Brings her sheer pain.

What good is in the wild forest
The song of little birds
And their manifold tones[?]
Who thanks them for their singing?

The wild forest remains still,
And the deer move on;
While they flee they do not hear the sound 
That fades away in vain.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Harald 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.


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Text added to the website: 2010-01-14 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30

Line count: 16
Word count: 97