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Vöglein vom Zweig

Language: German (Deutsch)

Vöglein vom Zweig
 Gaukelt hernieder;
Lustig sogleich
 Schwingt es sich wieder.

Jetzt dir so nah,
 Jetzt sich versteckend;
Abermals da,
 Scherzend und neckend.

Tastest du zu,
 Bist du betrogen,
Spottend im Nu
 Ist es entflogen.

Still! Bis zur Hand
 Wird's dir noch hüpfen,
Bist du gewandt,
 Kann's nicht entschlüpfen.

Ist's denn so schwer
 Das zu erwarten?
Schau' um dich her:
 Blühender Garten!

Ei, du verzagst?
 Laß' es gewähren,
Bis du's erjagst,
 Kannst du's entbehren.

Wird's doch auch dann
 Wenig nur bringen,
Aber es kann
 Süßestes [singen]1.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA POR

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Note: also titled "Das Vöglein" in some editions.
1 Schumann: "bringen"

Submitted by Claus-Christian Schuster


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het geluk", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Romney) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le bonheur", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La felicità", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "A felicidade", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-03-14 22:34:23
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La felicità

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Dal ramo l'uccellino
verso il basso svolazza;
E subito allegro
si solleva di nuovo.

Ora ti è vicino,
ora si nasconde;
E di nuovo è là,
che scherza e gioca.

Se provi ad acchiapparlo,
resterai beffato,
in un lampo è capace
di volare via.

Stai immobile! fino alla tua mano
si avvicinerà saltellando,
e se sarai abile
non ti sfuggirà.

E poi così difficile,
restare in attesa?
Guardati intorno,
tutto in fiore è il giardino!

Ti stai stancando?
Lascialo andare allora,
se non lo hai preso,
vuol dire che puoi farne a meno.

E poi ti darebbe
davvero molto poco;
Può ancora cantare invece
tante dolci canzoni.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Christian) Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863), "Das Glück", first published 1838 DUT ENG FRE POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Robert Kahn, Josef Schelb, Robert Schumann, Max Seifriz, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-01-16 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:45
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Word count: 107