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Der Zeisig

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wir sind ja, Kind, im Maie,
Wirf Buch und Heft von dir!
Komm' einmal her in's Freie,
Und sing' ein Lied mit mir.

Komm, singen fröhlich beide
Wir einen Wettgesang,
Und wer da will, entscheide,
Wer von uns besser sang!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE

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Note: at the top of the Schumann score is the following text: "Ein Lied aus ihrem frühsten Mädchenalter, vielleicht schon im elften Jahre gedichtet. So reizend naive enthalten die Dichtungen jener Zeit an die Hundert. Auf das tiefste spiegelt sie überall die Wirklichkeit ab."

Submitted by Ted Perry


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) , "Het sijsje", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The siskin", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le serin", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Le chardonneret", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The siskin

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

It is May, child,
Cast aside your schoolbooks!
Come here into the outdoors
And sing a song with me.
Come, let us cheerfully compete
With each other in song,
And whoever wishes to, may decide
Which of us sang better!

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Note: the original title of the translation was "The finch" (a more familiar type of bird)
Translation of the text at the top of the Schumann score: "A poem from her earliest girlhood, perhaps written already in her eleventh year. There are close to a hundred such delightfully naive pieces in the poetry of that period. In every sense they reflect reality most profoundly."


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Sharon Krebs, (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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