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Schwebe, du Schmetterling

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schwebe, du Schmetterling,
Schwebe vorbei!
Leben ist leichtes Ding,
Fühlst du dich frei.

Leben ist Windeshauch,
Welt ist wie Gras,
Säuseln im Haselstrauch,
Elfischer Spaß.

Rot ist das Heidekraut,
Grün ist der Klee,
Himmel, so weit er blaut,
[Goldheller]1 See.

Schwebe, du Schmetterling,
Schwebe vorbei!
Über die Blumen schwing
Hoch dich, juchhei!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Pejačević: "Ein goldner"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Volette, papillon", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:24
Line count: 16
Word count: 52

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Volette, papillon

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

Volette, papillon,
Volette sur le passé !
La vie est une chose légère,
Sens-toi libre !

La vie est le souffle du vent,
Le monde est comme l'herbe,
Chuchoter dans le buisson de noisetiers
Est le plaisir de l'elfe.

Rouge est la bruyère,
Vert est le trèfle,
Le ciel, si vaste et bleu,
Est un océan doré.

Volette, papillon,
Volette sur le passé !
Vole au-dessus des fleurs
Haut, hourra !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2013-02-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:08
Line count: 16
Word count: 71