by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
He travels after a winter sun,
Urging the cattle along a cold red road,
Calling to them, a voice they know,
He drives his beasts above Cabra.

The voice tells them home is warm.
They moo and make brute music with their hoofs.
He drives them with a flowering branch before him,
Smoke pluming their foreheads.

Boor, bond of the herd,
Tonight stretch full by the fire!
I bleed by the black stream
For my torn bough!


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bonus", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Zugabe", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

This text was added to the website: 2005-01-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 77

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Hinter einer Wintersonne zieht er her,
und treibt voran die Rinder auf kaltem rotem Wege,
ruft ihnen zu, sie kennen seine Stimme;
so treibt er seine Tiere oberhalb Cabras.

Die Stimme sagt, daheim ist’s warm.
Sie muhn und ihre Hufe machen animalische Musik.
Mit einem Blütenzweig treibt er sie vor sich her,
Dampf wölkt um ihre Stirnen.

Flegel, Fessel der Herde,
räkle dich am Feuer heute Abend!
Ich blut’ am schwarzen Bache,
da abgerissen ward mein Zweig.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-23
Line count: 12
Word count: 77