Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA
Den Fischer fechten Sorgen
Und Gram und Leid nicht an,
Er löst am frühen Morgen
Mit leichtem Sinn den Kahn.

Da lagert rings noch Friede
Auf Wald und Flur und Bach,
Er ruft mit seinem Liede
Die gold'ne Sonne wach.

[Und]1 singt zu seinem Werke
Aus voller frischer Brust,
Die Arbeit gibt ihm Stärke,
Die Stärke Lebenslust!

Bald wird ein bunt Gewimmel
In allen Tiefen laut,
Und plätschert durch den Himmel
Der sich im Wasser baut -

Und schlüpft auf glatten Steinen
Und badet sich und schnellt,
Der Große frißt den Kleinen
Wie auf der ganzen Welt.

Doch wer ein Netz will stellen
Braucht Augen klar und gut,
Muß heiter gleich den Wellen
Und frey seyn wie die Fluth;

Dort angelt auf der Brücke
Die Hirtinn - schlauer Wicht,
[Gib auf nur deine]2 Tücke
Den Fisch betrügst du nicht!

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6-7

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Confirmed with Dichtungen vom Freyherrn Franz von Schlechta. Erster Band. Wien, 1824. Im v. Hirschfeld'schen Verlage, pages 115-116.

Note: Schlechta's poem was posthumously published again in a substantially revised version with the title Fischerlied in Ephemeren, see below.

1 Schubert: "Er"
2 Schubert (2nd version only): "Entsage deiner"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La cançó del pescador", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Visserslied", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Fisherman's song", copyright © 2015
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chanson de pêcheur", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Μελωδία του ψαρά", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Pescando", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 139

Fisherman's song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
No cares assail the fisherman -
neither grief nor sorrow;
Early in the morning he unties
His boat with a light heart.

It is peaceful all about him
[In woods and meadows and brooks]1;
He rouses with his song
The golden sun. 

To his labours he sings
with a full and sanguine heart;
The work gives him strength --
And strength gives life joy.

Soon a colorful throng is
swarming loudly in the depths,
And it splashes through the sky
That lies reflected in the water -

And it slips over smooth stones
And swims and darts:
The large [creature] feeds upon the small,
Just as it is throughout the world.

But he who wishes to cast a net
Needs eyes both clear and good;
He must be swift, like the waves,
And unfettered, like the stream.

There on the bridge the shepherdess
Is fishing. Artful creature,
Enough of your tricks --
You will not deceive this fish.

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1 For "Auf allen Flur und Bach" use "In all the meadows and brooks"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-08-20
Line count: 28
Word count: 156