by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Zierlich ist des Vogels Tritt im Schnee
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA
Zierlich ist des Vogels Tritt im Schnee,
Wenn er wandelt [auf]1 des Berges Höh':
[Zierlicher schreibt]2 Liebchens liebe Hand,
Schreibt ein Brieflein mir in ferne Land'.

In die Lüfte hoch ein Reiher steigt,
Dahin weder Pfeil noch Kugel [fleugt]3:
[Tausendmal]4 so hoch und so geschwind
Die Gedanken treuer Liebe sind.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Eduard Mörike, Zweite, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1848, page 19.

1 Seifert: "von"
2 Seifert: "Zierlich schreibet"
3 Seifert: "reicht"
4 Seifert: "Doch tausendmal"

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

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Dainty is the bird's step on the snow
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dainty is the bird's step on the snow
when it wanders on the mountain heights
daintier writes my love's dear hand,
writing a letter to me in distant lands.
 
A heron soars high in the air
where neither arrow nor bullet can fly:
a thousand times as high and swift
are thoughts of true love.

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Translation of title "Jägerlied" = "Hunter's song"

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55