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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

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