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Elfenlied

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Bei Nacht im Dorf]1 der Wächter rief: 
    Elfe!
Ein ganz kleines Elfchen im Walde schlief --
    Wohl um die Elfe! --
Und meint, es rief ihm aus dem Tal 
Bei seinem Namen die Nachtigall,
Oder Silpelit hätt' ihm gerufen.
Reibt sich der Elf' die Augen aus,
Begibt sich vor sein Schneckenhaus
Und ist als wie ein trunken Mann,
Sein Schläflein war nicht voll getan,
Und humpelt also tippe tapp
Durch's Haselholz in's Tal hinab,
Schlupft an der Mauer hin so dicht,
Da sitzt der Glühwurm Licht an Licht.
»Was sind das helle Fensterlein?
Da drin wird eine Hochzeit sein:
Die Kleinen sitzen bei'm Mahle,
Und treiben's in dem Saale.
Da guck' ich wohl ein wenig 'nein!« 
-- Pfui, stößt den Kopf an harten Stein!
Elfe, gelt, du hast genug?
    Gukuk! Gukuk!


Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA

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1 Hetsch: "Des Nachts im Dorfe"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Elf song", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant de l'elfe", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Comptine de l'elfe", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Canto dell'elfo", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , title 1: "Canzone dell'Elfo", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Chant de l'elfe

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

La nuit, dans le village, le veilleur cria :
    "Elfe !"
Un tout petit elfe dormait dans la forêt,
    C'était juste onze heures !
Et il pense que de la vallée il est appelé
Par son nom par le rossignol,
Ou que Silpelit l'a appelé.
L'elfe se frotte les yeux,
Sort de sa maison en coquille d'escargot,
Et se tient comme un homme ivre,
Car son sommeil n'était pas fini,
Et se mit à clopiner, tip, tap
À travers le bois de noisetiers dans la vallée,
Se glisse au-dessus du mur,
Là est assis le ver luisant, couvert de lumière.
« Qu'est-ce que ces fenêtres allumées ?
Il doit y avoir un mariage dedans :
Le petit peuple est assis à table,
Et s'agite dans la salle.
Je vais juste y jeter un coup d'œil ! »
Zut ! il se cogne la tête sur la pierre dure !
Elfe, tu en as assez, n'est-ce pas ?
  Coucou ! Coucou !


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Note : il y a un jeu de mots sur Elfe elfe) et elf (onze).

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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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Elfenlied" ENG ITA ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, Friedrich Rauchbauer, Fritz Schieri, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2011-11-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:42
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