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Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!
Wie ist so traurig jetzt die Welt!
Hin ist die schöne Sommerzeit,
Und nach der Freude kam das Leid.

Wir wußten nichts von Ungemach,
Wir saßen unterm Laubesdach
Vergnügt und froh beim Sonnenschein,
Und sangen in die Welt hinein.

Wir armen Vöglein trauern sehr:
Wir haben keine Heimat mehr,
Wir müssen jetzt von hinnen fliehn
Und in die weite Fremde ziehn.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Submitted by Siân Goldthorpe


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 (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , title 1: "The migrants' farewell song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant d'adieu des oiseaux migrateurs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

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The migrants' farewell song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh how lovely were the woods and fields!
How sad the world is now!
The beautiful summertime is gone,
And after joy came sorrow.

We knew nothing of pain,
We sat under the leafy canopy
Content and joyful in the sunshine,
And sang out into the world.

We poor birds mourn so,
We no longer have a home,
We must now flee from here,
Into the wide unknown.

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 68