by August Schnezler (1809 - 1853)
Translation Singable translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Wohin? Woher?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Es rauscht im Wald ein Brünnlein leis';
Wer weiß, wer weiß,
Wohin es wohl mag fließen;
Worein sich wohl ergießen?

Es sitzt ein Vöglein auf dem Baum,
Kann kaum, kann kaum
Sich zitternd an dem kalten
Bereiften Zweige halten.

Es ist gar müde von der Reis',
Wer weiß, wer weiß
Woher es kommt gezogen,
Woher schon heut' geflogen? --

Die Quelle rauschet in das Meer,
Der Vogel kam von Meere her,
Sinkt starr ins Brünnlein nieder,
Schwimmt todt zum Meere wieder.

Confirmed with Gedichte von August Schnezler, München (Munich), Gedruckt in der Michael Lindauer'schen Hofbuchdruckerei, 1833, page 222.


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Amid the wood
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Amid the wood a streamlet flows,
Who knows, who knows,
Whither its waves are wending,
Or where its course is ending?

There sits a bird upon the tree
She sits, she sits
with fainting efforts 
staying upon the branch decaying.

For she is weary from her flight,
who knows, who knows,
In what far off dominions,
She wav'd her joyous pinions?

On to the main the stream is borne,
And seaward came the bird this morn,
And sinking without motion,
Is borne again to Ocean.

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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)


Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-06-24
Line count: 16
Word count: 85