Translation © by Linda Godry

Fliegt der erste Morgenstrahl
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Fliegt der erste [Morgenstrahl]1
Durch das stille Nebeltal,
Rauscht erwachend Wald und Hügel:
Wer da fliegen kann, nimmt Flügel!

Und sein Hütlein in die Luft
Wirft der Mensch vor Lust und ruft:
Hat Gesang doch auch noch Schwingen,
Nun, so will ich fröhlich singen!

Hinaus, o Mensch, weit in die Welt,
Bangt dir das Herz in krankem Mut;
Nichts ist so trüb in Nacht gestellt,
Der Morgen leicht macht's wieder gut.

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff, Gedichte, Berlin, Verlag von M. Simion, 1841, page 34.

1 Dietz: "Sonnenstrahl"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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

  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "The morning", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2015-03-08 00:12:25
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The morning
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The first ray of morning sun flies
through the quiet foggy dale,
the awakening forest and hill rustle:
those who can fly, take flight!

And his cap into the air
the buoyant man throws, exclaiming,
"Song has wings as well,
so let me sing merrily!"

Out you go, far into the world,
dishearted and with dragging feet;
what leaves you hopeless in the dark of night,
morning shows it in a hopeful light.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2004 by Linda Godry, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2004-11-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
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