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Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär',
Und auch zwey [Flüglein]1 hätt',
Flög' ich zu dir;
[Weil es]2 aber nicht kann seyn,
Bleib' ich allhier.

  Bin ich gleich weit von dir,
[Bin ich doch]3 im Schlaf bey dir,
Und red' mit dir:
Wenn ich erwachen thu',
Bin ich allein.

  [Es vergeht keine Stund']4 in der Nacht,
Da [mein Herze nicht erwacht,
Und an]5 dich gedenkt,
Daß du mir [viel tausendmal]6 
Dein Herz geschenkt.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE IRI ITA POR

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Confirmed with Stimmen der Völker in Liedern. Gesammelt, geordnet, zum Theilübersezt durch Johann Gottfried von Herder, Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1807, page 482.

Modern spelling would change "zwey" to "zwei", "seyn" to "sein", "bey" to "bei", "thu" to "tu", etc.

Note: the first stanza is quoted by Treitschke in a text set by Beethoven, Ruf vom Berge, WoO. 147

1 Greith: "Flügel"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Brahms, Hiller, Schumann: "Weil's"
3 Hiller: "Bin doch"
4 Hiller: "Kein Stunde"; Brahms, Schumann: "Es vergeht kein' Stund' "
5 Hiller: "nicht mein Herz erwacht,/ An"
6 Hiller: "tausendmal, viel tausendmal"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Auditorium du Louvre and Lau Kanen [Guest Editor]

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Als ik een vogel was", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "If I were a little bird", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Si j'étais un petit oiseau", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , "Foss'io un uccellino", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Se eu fosse um passarinho", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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Si j'étais un petit oiseau

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

Si j'étais un petit oiseau
Et si j'avais deux petites ailes,
Je volerais vers toi !
Mais puisque cela ne se peut pas,
Je resterai ici.

Bien que je sois loin de toi,
Je suis près de toi quand je dors,
Et je parle avec toi !
Quand je me réveille,
Je suis tout seul.

Il n'y a pas une heure dans la nuit
Sans que mon cœur ne s'éveille
Et ne pense à toi,
Que des milliers de fois
Tu m'as donné ton cœur.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Der Flug der Liebe", Rheinisch DUT ENG IRI ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Waldemar Edler von Baußnern, Franz Behr, Johannes Brahms, Antonie Broich, H. Elkamp, Carl Greith, Georg Christoph Grossheim, Hans Harthan, George Henschel, Ferdinand von Hiller, Wilhelm C. Hollmann, Adolf Jensen, Albert Levinsohn, Ādams Ore, Franz Otto, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Bruno Schmidt, Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Taubert, Carl Maria von Weber, Nicolai von Wilm, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2010-11-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:07
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