Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Der Bote
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Am [Himmelsgrund schießen]1
So lustig die Stern',
Dein Schatz läßt dich grüßen
Aus weiter, weiter Fern' !

Hat eine Zither gehangen
An der Tür unbeacht't,
Der Wind ist gegangen
Durch die Saiten bei Nacht.

Schwang sich auf dann vom Gitter
Über die Berge, übern Wald --
Mein Herz ist die Zither,
Gibt ein'n fröhlichen Schall.

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1 Bohm: "Himmelsgrunde schienen"; further changes may exist not shown above.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le messager", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

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The stars shoot so merrily
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The stars [shoot]1 so merrily
Across the heavenly background,
Your beloved sends you greetings
From the great, great distance!
Unnoticed, a zither hung
At the door;
The wind blew through
The strings by night.
[The tones] then rose aloft from the strings
Over the mountains, over the forest --
My heart is the zither,
It emits a joyous sound.

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1 Bohm: " shine"; further changes may exist, not shown above.


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Text added to the website: 2015-06-09 00:00:00
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