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Die Schwalben zieh'n und Schwäne

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Schwalben zieh'n und Schwäne 
Es blüht der Weidenbaum: 
Mein Rößlein schüttelt die Mähne 
Und beißt im seinen Zaum. 
Das schönste Kind von allen 
Läßt trauernd ihr Tüchlein wehn; 
Zwei Tränen ließ ich fallen 
Doch niemand hat's geseh'n. 

Es steht ein Pfahl, ein bunter, 
Am Scheideweg im Feld: 
Der weist ins Dorf hinunter 
Und in die weite Welt. 
In Osten oder [Westen]1, 
Wo find ich wohl das Glück? 
Ich glaub' es ist am besten 
Ich kehre zu ihr zurück.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Berg: "in Westen"

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Song of parting", copyright © 2011
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant de séparation", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-06-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-03-04 14:27:41

Line count: 16
Word count: 79

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Chant de séparation

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

Les hirondelles et les cygnes passent,
Le saule fleurit :
Mon petit cheval secoue sa crinière
Et mord sa bride.

La plus belle enfant parmi toutes
Tristement agite son mouchoir ;
Je laisse tomber deux larmes
Mais personne les a vues.

Un poteau coloré se tient
Au carrefour dans le champ :
Il indique en bas le village
Et le vaste monde.

À l'est ou à l'ouest,
Où puis-je trouver le bonheur ?
Je crois que le mieux est
Que je retourne vers elle.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rudolph Baumbach (1840 - 1905), appears in Frau Holde ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Salvatore Auteri-Manzocchi, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Carl Hirsch, Albert Thierfelder. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-06-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:25

Line count: 16
Word count: 84