by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 - 1916)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Ein kleines Lied, wie geht's nur an
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Ein kleines Lied, wie geht's nur an,
daß man so lieb es haben kann,
was liegt darin? erzähle!

Es liegt darin ein wenig Klang,
ein wenig Wohllaut und Gesang
und eine ganze Seele.

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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):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "A little song", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "A little song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2008-04-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:36
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Word count: 33

A little song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A little song, how does it take shape,
that one can love it so well?
Of what is it made? Say!

It is made of some sound,
some pleasing sound and singing
and all of the feeling of one's soul.


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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2009-03-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 6
Word count: 40