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Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär',
Und auch zwei Flüglein hätt',
  Flög' ich zu dir;
Weil's aber nicht kann sein,
  Bleib' ich allhier.

Bin ich gleich weit von dir,
[Bin ich doch] im Schlaf bei dir,
  Und red' mit dir;
Wenn ich erwachen tu,
  Bin ich allein.

[Vergeht keine Stund]2 in der Nacht,
Da [mein Herze nicht]3 erwacht,
  [Und an]4 dich gedenkt,
Daß du mir [viel tausendmal]5 
  Dein [Herze]6 geschenkt.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE IRI ITA POR

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Note: first stanza is also used by Treitschke in a text set by Beethoven, Ruf vom Berge, WoO. 147
1 Hiller: "Bin doch"
2 Hiller: "Kein Stunde"; Brahms, Schumann: "Es vergeht kein' Stund' "
3 Hiller: "nicht mein Herz"
4 Hiller: "An"
5 Hiller: "tausendmal, viel tausendmal"
6 Brahms, Hiller, Schumann: "Herz"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Auditorium du Louvre and Lau Kanen [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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Als ik een vogel was", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "If I were a little bird", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Si j'étais un petit oiseau", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Giulio Cesare Barozzi) , "Foss'io un uccellino", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Se eu fosse um passarinho", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Als ik een vogel was

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

Als ik een vogel was
En ook twee vleugels had,
Vloog ik naar jou;
Daar echter dit niet kan,
Blijf ik maar hier.
Al ben ik ver van jou,
'k Ben in mijn slaap bij jou
En praat met jou;
Als ik dan wakker word,
Ben ik alleen.
Er vergaat geen uur in de nacht,
Of ik heb aan jou gedacht;
'k Kom er niet van af,
Dat jij meer dan duizend maal
Jouw hart mij gaf.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär", Rheinisch ENG FRE IRI ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Behr, Johannes Brahms, Hans Harthan, George Henschel, Ferdinand von Hiller, Wilhelm C. Hollmann, Adolf Jensen, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Bruno Schmidt, Robert Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-10-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:04
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Word count: 77