by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation Singable translation by Maureen Oberli-Turner

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]3 Reiher steigt,
Dahin weder Pfeil noch Kugel [fleugt]4:
[Tausendmal]5 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 Killmayer: "der"
4 Seifert: "reicht"
5 Seifert: "Doch tausendmal"

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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] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Johann Winkler

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

Hunter's song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dainty are birds’ footprints in the snow,
when they wander up to mountain peaks;
still daintier is the writing of my love,
in letters wich I read so far from home.

A heron rises high up in the sky,
where neither shots nor arrows can attain.
A thousand times more lofty and more swift,
are the thoughts of love so true and deep.

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Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2020-11-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 63