Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Schon kehren die Vögel wieder ein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
  Schon kehren die Vögel wieder ein,
Es schallen die alten Lieder,
Ach, die fröhliche Jugend mein,
Kommt die wohl auch noch wieder?

  Ich weiß nicht, was ich so thöricht bin!
Wolken im Herbstwind jagen,
Die Vögel ziehn über die [Wälder]1 hin,
Das klang wie in Frühlingstagen.

  Dort auf dem Berg, da steht ein Baum,
Drin jubeln die Wandergäste,
Er aber, müde, rührt wie im Traum
Noch einmal Wipfel und Äste.

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichedorffs sämtliche poetische Werke, Dritte Auflage, Erster Band. Gedichte, Leipzig: C.F. Amelang’s Verlag, 1883, pages 238-239.

1 Schoeck: “Felder”


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Already the birds are returning
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Already the birds are returning,
The old songs ring out,
Ah, my joyful youth,
Shall it too ever return?

  I know not why I am so foolish!
Clouds are scudding in the autumn wind,
The birds pass over the [forests]1,
That sounded like in days of spring.

  There upon the mountain stands a tree,
Within it the wandering guests are rejoicing,
But the tree, tired, as if in a dream
Stirs once more its crown and branches.

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English song title (Kornauth): Lingering sounds
English song title (Schoeck): Lingering sound
1 Schoeck: “fields”


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