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Hörst du von den Nachtigallen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hörst du von den Nachtigallen
Die Gebüsche wiederhallen?
Sieh, es kam der holde Mai.
Jedes buhlt um seine Traute,
Schmelzend sagen alle Laute,
Welche Wonn' im Lieben sey.

Andre, die im Käfig leben,
Hinter ihren Gitterstäben,
Hören draußen den Gesang;
Möchten in die Freyheit eilen,
Frühlingslust und Liebe theilen:
Ach! da hemmt sie enger Zwang.

Und [es]1 drängt sich in die Kehle
Aus der gramzerrißnen Seele
Schmetternd ihres Lieds Gewalt,
Wo es, statt im Wehn der Haine
Mitzuwallen, [von]2 der Steine
Hartem Bau zurücke prallt.

So, im Erdenthal gefangen,
Hört [des]3 Menschen Geist mit Bangen
[Hoher Brüder Harmonie]4;
[Strebt]5 umsonst zu Himmelsheitern
Dieses Daseyn zu erweitern,
Und das nennt er Poesie.

Aber scheint er ihre Rhythmen
Jubelhymnen auch zu widmen,
Wie aus lebenstrunkner Brust:
Dennoch fühlen's zarte Herzen,
Aus der Wurzel tiefer Schmerzen
Stammt die Blüthe seiner Lust.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with August Wilhelm Schlegels poetische Werke. Erster Theil. Heidelberg bey Mohr und Zimmer 1811, pages 264-265; and with A. W. Schlegel's poetische Werke. Zweyter Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1816. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 31-32 (with the title Die gefangenen Sänger).

1 Schubert: "nun"
2 Schubert: "an"
3 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "der"
4 Schubert: "Hehrer Brüder Melodie"
5 Schubert: "Sucht"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De gevangen zangers", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , "The imprisoned singers", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les chanteurs captifs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Les chanteurs captifs

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

Entends-tu les rossignols
Qui font résonner les buissons ?
Regarde, le joli mois de mai est arrivé.
Chacun courtise sa douce,
Chaque son déclare tendrement
Quel bonheur il y a dans l'amour.

Les autres, qui vivent dans des cages,
Derrière leurs barreaux,
Entendent le chant dehors ;
Ils voudraient en liberté se hâter
Pour partager la joie du printemps et l'amour :
Hélas, l'étroite contrainte les en empêche !

Et maintenant éclatant dans leurs gosiers
De leurs âmes déchirées par le chagrin
La force de leurs chants retentit,
Où, au lieu de souffler dans le bois
Pour flotter, la pierre
Dure du mur les fait rebondir.

Ainsi, enfermé dans la vallée terrestre,
L'esprit de l'homme entend avec crainte
Les mélodies nobles de ses frères ;
Il cherche en vain vers le ciel dégagé
À étendre cette existence,
Et il appelle cela la poésie.

Mais s'il apparaît dédier ses vers
À la célébration de la joie,
Comme d'une poitrine enivrée par la vie,
Pourtant des cœurs tendres ressentent
Que de racines pleines de souffrance
Tirent leurs origines les fleurs de sa joie.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845), "Die gefangnen Sänger", written 1810, first published 1811 CAT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

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