Language: German (Deutsch)
Wie lieblich und fröhlich,
Zu schweben, zu singen,
[Von]1 glänzender Höhe
Zur Erde zu blicken!
Die Menschen sind thöricht,
Sie können nicht [zwitschern]2.
Sie jammern in Nöthen,
Wir flattern gen Himmel.
Der Jäger will tödten,
Dem Früchte wir pickten;
Wir müssen ihn höhnen,
Und Beute gewinnen.
Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, page 135; and with Friedrich Schlegel's sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Gedichte. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, 1809, page 14.
1 Schubert: "In"
2 Schlegel (1809 and later editions), and Schubert: "fliegen"
Submitted by David Gordon 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)
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Els ocells", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vogels", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (David Gordon) , "Birds", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les oiseaux", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Uccelli", copyright © 2010, (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)
Che cosa gioiosa e bella
librarsi in aria e cantare,
e da luminose altitudini
osservare la terra!
Gli uomini sono folli,
non riescono a volare.
Si lamentano delle loro miserie,
noi voliamo in alto nel cielo.
Ci vuole uccidere il cacciatore,
per i frutti che abbiamo beccato;
ma noi ci burliamo di lui
e ci dividiamo il bottino.
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