by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ein Vöglein singt so süße
Vor mir von Ort zu Ort;
Weh, meine wunden Füße! 
Das Vöglein singt so süße,
Ich wandre immerfort. 

Wo ist nun hin das Singen? 
Schon sank das Abendrot;
Die Nacht hat es verstecket,
Hat alles zugedecket -
Wem klag ich meine Not? 

Kein Sternlein blinkt im Walde,
Weiß weder Weg noch Ort;
Die Blumen an der Halde,
Die Blumen in dem Walde,
Die blühn im Dunkeln fort.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lost", copyright © 2008
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Perdu", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A little bird sings so sweetly
ahead of me from place to place;
woe, my aching feet!
The little bird sings so sweetly
that I wander ever onward.

Where has that singing now gone?
The sunset's glow has already sunk;
night has hidden it away,
has covered up everything --
to whom shall I lament my misery?

Not even a little star twinkles in the wood,
knowing neither way nor place;
[but] the flowers on the hillside,
the flowers in the wood,
they still bloom on in the darkness.


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Word count: 88