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Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

O Schwälbchen, das du über's Meer willst [fliehen]1,
Hab' dir ein Wort zu sagen, willst du bleiben?
Laß aus dem Flügel dir die Feder ziehen,
Ich will dem fernen Lieb ein Briefchen schreiben.
Birg unter'm Flügelein es leise, leise,
Verlösch' mir nicht die Schrift der Liebe.
O Schwälbchen, triffst du sie auf deiner Reise,
Sag': diesen Brief schickt, der dich liebt, du Liebe.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Woldemar Kaden, Italiens Wunderhorn. Volkslieder aus allen Provinzen der Halbinsel und Siciliens in deutscher Übertragung, Stuttgart: Meyer & Zeller’s Verlag, 1878, page 30. The poem has the following quote at the top:

   O rindineddha, ci 'mbarchi lu mare,
   'Jeni quantu ti dicu
   do' palore . . . 

1 von Fielitz: "fliegen"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Message by swallow", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-02-21.
Last modified: 2018-05-03 18:04:49
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