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Language: German (Deutsch)

Mit meinem Saitenspiele,
Das schön geklungen hat,
Komm' ich durch Länder viele
Zurück in diese Stadt.

Ich ziehe durch die Gassen,
So finster ist die Nacht
Und alles so verlassen,
Hatt' 's anders mir gedacht.

Am Brunnen steh' ich lange,
Der rauscht fort, wie vorher,
Kommt mancher wohl gegangen,
Es kennt mich keiner mehr.

Da hört ich geigen, pfeifen,
Die Fenster glänzten weit,
Dazwischen drehn und schleifen
Viel' fremde, fröhliche Leut'.

Und Herz und Sinn mir brannten,
Mich trieb's in die weite Welt,
Es spielten die Musikanten,
Da fiel ich hin im Feld.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Retour", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Ritorno indietro", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27

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Word count: 93

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

Avec ma lyre,
Qui a sonné si bien,
J'arrive à travers de nombreux pays,
De retour dans cette ville.

Je marche à travers les rues,
La nuit est si sombre
Et tout est si abandonné,
Différent de ce que j'imaginais.

Je me tiens allongé près de la fontaine,
Qui murmure au loin comme dans le passé,
Beaucoup passent près de moi,
Aucun ne me reconnaît.

Alors j'entends jouer, siffler,
De larges fenêtres brillaient,
En même temps tournoyaient et tourbillonnaient
Des étrangers nombreux et heureux.

Mon cœur et mon esprit s'enflammèrent,
Dans le vaste monde je suis allé,
Les musiciens ambulants jouaient leur musique,
Là je me sentais au loin.

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Text added to the website: 2010-01-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:32

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Word count: 109