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Sag' an, o lieber Vogel mein

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Sag' an, o lieber Vogel mein,
Sag' an, wohin die Reise Dein?"
  Weiß nicht, wohin,
  Mich treibt der Sinn,
Drum muß der Pfad wohl richtig sein!

"Sag' an, o liebster Vogel mir,
Sag', was verspricht die Hoffnung Dir?"
  Ach, linde Luft
  Und süßen Duft
Und neuen Lenz verspricht sie mir!

"Du hast die schöne Ferne nie
Gesehen, und Du glaubst an sie?"
  Du frägst mich viel, 
  Und das ist Spiel,
Die Antwort aber macht mir Müh'!

Nun zog in gläubig-frommem Sinn
Der Vogel über's Meer dahin,
  Und linde Luft
  Und süßer Duft,
Sie wurden wirklich sein Gewinn!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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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)

  • by Robert Kahn (1865 - 1951), "Sag an, o lieber Vogel mein", op. 17 (Fünf Gesänge für drei Frauenstimme) no. 4, published 1892. [vocal trio for female voices or three-part women's chorus with piano] [ sung text not verified ]
  • by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Sag an, o lieber Vogel mein", op. 27 (Lieder und Gesänge für Singstimme und Klavier (Heft 1)) no. 1 (1847), published 1849 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Whistling [ sung text verified 1 time]

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zeg mij, o lieve vogel klein", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Tell me, oh my dear bird", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , 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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Dis‑moi, ô mon cher oiseau

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

"Dis-moi, ô mon cher oiseau,
Dis-moi où ton voyage va t'emporter ?"
Je ne sais pas où,
Mon instinct me guide,
Donc le chemin doit être sûrement bon.

"Dis-moi, ô mon cher oiseau,
Dis-moi ce que l'espoir t'a promis."
Ah, air doux
Et parfum suave,
Et un nouveau printemps, c'est ce qu'il m'a promis.

"Tu n'as jamais vu les belles terres lointaines
Et pourtant tu y crois ?"
Tu me poses beaucoup de questions,
Et c'est un jeu pour toi,
Mais les réponses me font du souci.

Maintenant avec un esprit plein de foi et de piété
L'oiseau s'est envolé au-dessus de la mer,
Et air doux
Et parfum suave
Étaient vraiment sa récompense.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 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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