Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Bunt sind schon die Wälder
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Bunt sind schon die Wälder;
Gelb die Stoppelfelder,
Und der Herbst beginnt.
Rothe Blätter fallen,
Graue Nebel wallen,
Kühler weht der Wind.
Wie die volle Traube,
Aus [dem]1 Rebenlaube,
Purpurfarbig strahlt;
Am Geländer reifen
Pfirsiche mit Streifen
Roth und weiß bemahlt.
Sieh! Wie hier die Dirne
Emsig Pflaum' und Birne
In ihr Körbchen legt;
Dort, mit leichten Schritten,
[Jene, goldne]2 Quitten
In den Landhof trägt!
Flinke Träger springen,
Und die Mädchen singen,
Alles jubelt froh!
Bunte Bänder schweben,
Zwischen hohen Reben,
Auf dem Hut von Stroh!
Geige tönt und Flöte
Bei der Abendröthe
Und im [Mondenglanz]3;
Junge Winzerinnen
Winken und beginnen
Deutschen Ringeltanz.

J. Lang sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J.G. von Salis. Neue Auflage. Zürich, bey Orell Füßli und Compagnie. 1808, pages 3-4; with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 53-54; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 3-4.

First published in a rather different version with 7 stanzas in Hamburger Musenalmanach 1786, see below.

1 Schubert: "der"
2 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Jene goldnen"
3 Schubert, and later Salis prints (1863, 1893): "Morgenglanz"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Herfstlied", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Autumn song", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant d'automne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 103

Autumn song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Woods turned red and sallow,
fields of stubble yellow,
and the fall begins.
Crimson leaves are drifting,
greyish fogs are shifting,
cooler blow the winds.

Grapes in fullest cluster
flaunt their purple luster
through the vine-leaves bright.
On the trellice growing
peaches' stripes are showing
painted red and white.

See the busy maiden
with her basket laden
full of plum and pear!
Girls, light and merry
golden quinces carry
to the farmhouse there.

Agile porters springing
and the servants singing,
all abuzz with glee.
Colored ribbons prancing
through the vines a-dancing
from the straw-hat free.

Fiddle and recorder
sound at twilight's border
in the moonlight's glance.
Vintagers are spinning
round and round, beginning
German harvest dance. 


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-01
Line count: 30
Word count: 116