by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Kein' bess're Lust in dieser Zeit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Kein' [bess're]1 Lust in dieser Zeit,
Als durch den Wald zu dringen,
Wo Drossel singt und Habicht schreit,
Wo Hirsch' und Rehe springen.

O säss' mein Lieb' im Wipfel grün,
Tät' wie 'ne Drossel schlagen!
O spräng' es, wie ein Reh' dahin,
Daß ich es könnte jagen!

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Hunter's song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant du chasseur", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Hunter's song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
No one better enjoys this time,
to ramble through the forest,
where thrush sings and hawk cries,
where stag and doe leap.

O how agreeable to sit in the green tree-top,
as the thrush sings out!
O if I could leap like a deer there,
I could hunt it so!

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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Word count: 50