by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Hin und wieder fliegen Pfeile
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE
Hin und wieder [fliegen]1 Pfeile;
Amors leichte Pfeile fliegen
Von dem schlanken goldnen Bogen;
Mädchen, seyd ihr nicht getroffen?
Es ist Glück! Es ist nur Glück.

Warum fliegt er so in Eile?
Jene dort will er besiegen;
Schon ist er vorbei geflogen;
Sorglos bleibt der Busen offen;
Gebet Acht! Er kommt zurück!

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe lezter Hand, Zehnter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 208-209.

1 Schubert: "fliegen die"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "De vegades volen les fletxes", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Heen en weer, ja, vliegen pijlen", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Back and forth fly arrows", copyright © 2008
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Des flèches volent de temps en temps", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Πάνε κι έρχονται τα βέλη", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-06-19 02:39:21
Line count: 10
Word count: 52

Heen en weer, ja, vliegen pijlen
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Heen en weer, ja, vliegen pijlen;
Amors lichte pijlen springen
Van zijn slanke, gouden boogje.
Meisjes, ben je niet getroffen?
Puur geluk! Alleen geluk.

Waarom moet hij toch zo ijlen?
Die daarginds wil hij bedwingen;
Reeds is hij voorbij gevlogen;
Zij blijft bloot haar boezem doffen;
Let maar op! Hij komt terug!

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Text added to the website: 2005-12-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:16
Line count: 10
Word count: 52