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Der Falke

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Serbian (Српски)

Hebt ein Falke sich empor,
wiegt die Schwingen stolz und breit,
fliegt empor, dann rechtshin weit,
bis er schaut der Veste Tor. 

An dem Tor ein Mädchen sitzt,
wäscht ihr weißes Angesicht,
Schnee der Berge glänzet nicht,
wie ihr weißer Nacken glitzt. 

Wie es wäscht und wie es sitzt,
hebt es auf die schwarzen Brau'n,
und kein Nachtstern ist zu schau'n,
wie ihr schwarzes Auge blitzt. 

Spricht der Falke aus den Höhn:
"O du Mädchen wunderschön!
Wasche nicht die Wange dein,
daß sie schneeig glänze nicht! 

Hebe nicht die Braue fein,
daß dein Auge blitze nicht!
Hüll den weißen Nacken ein,
daß mir nicht das Herze bricht!"

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

List of language codes

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Der Falke", op. 93a (Sechs Lieder und Romanzen für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor) no. 5 (1883?), published 1884 [SATB chorus a cappella], Berlin, Simrock [
     text verified 1 time

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The falcon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le faucon", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De valk", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36

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The falcon

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A falcon lifts up into the sky,
his wings swaying proudly and broadly;
he soars upward, and then turns widely right
until he sees Vesta's Gate.

At the gate a maiden sits,
washing her white face:
the very snow on the mountain does not gleam
as her white neck glistens.

As she washes and as she sits,
she lifts her black eyebrows;
and you never saw a night star
that blazed as her black eyes do.

The falcon speaks from above:
"O you wondrously fair maiden!
Do not wash your cheeks
so that they glitter like snow!

"Do not lift your fine eyebrows
so that your eyes blaze!
Cover your white neck,
so that my heart will not break!"

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2015-11-03: Changed "Do not wash your cheeks / and let them glitter like snow! / / "Do not lift your fine eyebrows / and let your eyes blaze!" to "Do not wash your cheeks / so that they glitter like snow! / / Do not lift your fine eyebrows / so that your eyes blaze!" for the sake of clarity (avoiding a double negative).


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