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Es flattert um die Quelle

Language: German (Deutsch)

    Es flattert um die Quelle
    Die wechselnde Libelle,
    Mich freut sie lange schon:
    Bald dunkel und bald helle,
    Wie der Chamäleon,
    Bald rot, bald blau,
    Bald blau, bald grün.
    O daß ich in der Nähe
    Doch ihre Farben sähe!

Sie schwirrt und schwebet, rastet nie!
Doch still, sie setzt sich an die Weiden.
Da hab' ich sie ! da hab' ich sie!
Und nun betracht' ich sie genau,
Und seh' ein traurig dunkles Blau --

So geht es dir, Zergliedrer deiner Freuden!

Translation(s): FRE

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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)

Set in a modified version by Bernhard Theodor Breitkopf.

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Les plaisirs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-09-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:03
Line count: 15
Word count: 82

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Les plaisirs

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

Autour de la source voletait
La changeante libellule,
Elle me charme depuis longtemps déjà,
Tantôt sombre, tantôt claire,
Comme un caméléon.
Tantôt rouge et bleue,
Tantôt bleue et verte.
Oh, si je pouvais de près
Voir ses couleurs !

Elle bourdonne et plane, jamais au repos.
Mais en silence, elle se pose sur le saule.
Ça y est, je l'ai ! Ça y est, je l'ai !
Et maintenant je peux l'examiner en détail,
Et je vois un triste bleu foncé.

Il en va ainsi quand tu dissèques tes plaisirs !

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Text added to the website: 2012-09-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:03
Line count: 15
Word count: 91