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Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie lebt sichs so [fröhlich]1 im Grünen,
Im Grünen bei fröhlicher Jagd,
Von [sonnigen]2 Strahlen [durchschienen]3,
Wo reizend die Beute uns lacht.

Wir [lauschen]4, und nicht [ist's]5 vergebens,
Wir [lauschen]4 im duftenden Klee.
[O sehet]6 das Ziel unsres Strebens,
Ein schlankes, ein [flüchtiges]7 Reh!

Getroffen bald sinkt es vom Pfeile,
Doch Liebe verletzt, daß sie heile,
[Nicht bebe]8, du schüchternes Reh,
[Die Liebe gibt Wonne]9 für Weh.

Translation(s): DUT FRE

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Confirmed with Rosamunde. Drama in fünf Akten von Helmina von Chézy. Musik von Franz Schubert. Erstveröffentlichung der überarbeiteten Fassung. Mit einer Einleitung und unbekannten Quellen herausgegeben von Till Gerrit Waidelich. Verlegt bei Hans Schneider [Tutzing] 1996, p. 95.

Note: The libretto of Chézy's initial version of her play, with the title Rosamunde, Fürstinn von Cypern, which was staged in 1823 in Vienna with Schubert's music, is lost. This original version of the play comprises 4 acts. The manuscript of a revised version of Rosamunde in 5 acts has lately been discovered and published (see reference above). The Jägerchor set by Schubert appears in the beginning of act 2 in the revised version.

1 Chézy (revised version): "herrlich"
2 Chézy (revised version): "goldenen"
3 Chézy (revised version): "beschienen"
4 Chézy (revised version): "lauschten"
5 Chézy (revised version): "war's"
6 Chézy (revised version): "Bald zeigt' sich"
7 Chézy (revised version): "schüchternes"
8 Chézy (revised version): "Horch Mägdlein"
9 Chézy (revised version): "Süß Liebe giebt Wonnen"

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)

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Jägerchor", op. 26 no. 2, D. 797 no. 8 (1823), published 1832, first performed 1823 [satb chorus and orchestra], from the a play - incidental music Rosamunde, no. 8, Diabelli & Co., VN 3531, Wien (version for chorus and piano) [ sung text verified 1 time]

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jagerskoor", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chœur des chasseurs", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-01-18 00:00:00.

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Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Wat is het in 't groen vrolijk leven,
In 't groen ja, bij vrolijke jacht,
De zonneschijn straalt door de dreven,
Waar lokkend de buit ons toelacht.

Wij luist'ren, verdekt in de klaver,
Wij luist'ren vergeefs niet, o nee.
O kijk daar, het doel van ons jagen:
Een prachtig slank, wegvluchtend ree.

Een pijl zal zijn leven straks stelen,
Doch liefde verwondt om te helen;
Dus beef niet, jij schichtig rank ree,
De liefde geeft vreugde voor wee.

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