Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Vög'lein dort im klaren Blauen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vög'lein dort im klaren Blauen,
Zeigt mir an
Rechte Bahn,
Wo sie führt zu meiner Frauen!
Ach, ihr fliegt so kreuz und quer
Irr umher.
Habt sie selbst noch nicht gefunden;
Bang' im Leid
Unterm bunten Federkleid
Tragt auch ihr der Sehnsucht Wunden.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Der Zauberring. Ein Ritterroman von Friedrich Baron de La Motte Fouqué, Erster Theil, Braunschweig: C.A. Schwetschke und Sohn (M. Bruhn), 1865, page 137


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Moritz Hauptmann (1792 - 1868), "Vöglein dort im klaren Blauen", op. 1 (Sechs deutsche Lieder) no. 1, published 1844 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Peters (Neue Auflage) [
     text not verified 

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Little birds in the clear blue heights", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2015-11-26
Line count: 10
Word count: 43

Little birds in the clear blue heights
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Little birds in the clear blue heights,
Show to me
The correct pathway
That leads to my beloved woman!
Ah, hither and thither you fly so
Madly about.
You yourself have not yet found her;
Anxious in suffering
Under your feathery dress
You, too, bear the wounds of yearning.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-11-26
Line count: 10
Word count: 49