by Friedrich von Schlegel (1772 - 1829)
Translation © by Antonio Zencovich

Der Schmetterling
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Wie soll ich nicht tanzen?
Es macht keine Mühe,
Und reizende Farben
Schimmern hier im Grünen.
Immer schöner glänzen
Meine bunten Flügel,
Immer süßer hauchen
Alle kleinen Blüthen.
Ich nasche die Blüthen;
Ihr könnt sie nicht hüten.

Wie groß ist die Freude,
Sey's spät oder frühe,
Leichtsinnig zu schweben
Ueber Thal und Hügel.
Wenn der Abend säuselt,
Seht ihr Wolken glühen;
Wenn die Lüfte golden,
Scheint die Wiese grüner.
Ich nasche die Blüthen,
Ihr könnt sie nicht hüten.

Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, pages 140-141; and with Friedrich Schlegel's sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Gedichte. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, 1809, page 19.


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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) , "La papallona", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vlinder", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The butterfly", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le papillon", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "La farfalla", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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La farfalla
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Perché non dovrei danzare?
La cosa non mi stanca affatto
e degli allegri colori
scintillano qui nel verde.
Sempre più belle brillano
le mie ali variopinte,
sempre più dolci alitano
tutti i piccoli fiori.
Io mi nutro dei fiori,
voi non potete proteggerli.

E’ così grande la mia gioia,
che sia sera o mattina,
di volare leggera
sopra valli e colline.
Quando la sera sussurra
vedete le nubi arrossire;
quando l’aria s’indora,
il prato appare più verde.
Io mi nutro dei fiori,
voi non potete proteggerli.

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Text added to the website: 2014-02-25 00:00:00
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