by Hans Bethge (1876 - 1946)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Die geheimnisvolle Flöte
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Chinese (中文) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
An einem Abend, da die Blumen dufteten
Und alle Blätter an den Bäumen, trug der Wind mir
Das Lied einer entfernten Flöte zu. Da schnitt
Ich einen Weidenzweig vom Strauche, und
Mein Lied flog, Antwort gebend, durch die blühende Nacht.
Seit jenem Abend hören, wann die Erde schläft,
Die Vögel ein Gespräch in ihrer Sprache.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The mysterious flute", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Mrs. Bertram Shapleigh) , "The Mysterious Flute"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi) , "La Flûte mystérieuse"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La flûte mystérieuse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-09
Line count: 7
Word count: 55

The mysterious flute
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
One evening, when flowers were wafting their scents
and all the leaves were on the trees, the wind brought to me
the song of a far-off flute. Immediately I cut
a branch from the willow, and
my song flew to give answer through the blossoming night.
Ever since that evening, when the earth is sleeping,
the birds hear conversations in their language.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-09
Line count: 7
Word count: 62