by Elsa Maria von Packeny (1867 - 1941), as Elsa Asenijeff
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Amselchen mein! Sag an!
Ist deine Sehnsucht still,
Wenn du dein Lied gesungen?
Meine nicht! Mein Herz bleibt beklommen!
Amselchen singt: Schau nur, schau,
Was bist du für eine törichte Frau!
Weine nicht! Der Tag wird kommen!


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Blackbird's song", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chanson du merle", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-07
Line count: 7
Word count: 37

Blackbird's song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Blackbird mine! Tell me!
Does your yearning subside,
when you have sung your song?
Mine doesn't! My heart remains oppressed!
The blackbird sings: Look now, see,
What a foolish woman you are!
Don’t cry! The day will come!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-09-29
Line count: 7
Word count: 38