by Rudolph Baumbach (1840 - 1905)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die drei Federn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Mit rauschendem Gefieder
Zieht über mir ein Schwan,
Hat mir zu Füssen nieder
Drei Federn fallen la'n.

Die erste will ich schneiden
Und schreiben den letzten Gruss,
Dieweil ich von ihr scheiden
Und wieder wandern muss.

Die zweite will ich stecken
Auf meinen grauen Hut,
Die soll mir wieder wecken
Den frohen Wandermuth.

Die dritte lass' ich reisen,
Wohin es dem Wind gefällt,
Sie soll den Weg mir weisen
In die weite, weite Welt.

Confirmed with Von der Landstrasse. Lieder von Rudolf Baumbach , Zweites Tausend, Leipzig: Verlag von A.G. Liebeskind, 1882, page 87.


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The three feathers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
With rustling plumage
A swan passes over me,
At my feet it let fall
Three feathers.

I shall sharpen the first one
And with it I shall write a final greeting,
Since I must part from her
And go a-wandering again.

The second one I shall place
Upon my grey hat,
[This feather] shall again awaken within me
The happy desire to wander.

The third one I shall let travel
Wherever it pleases the wind to take it,
It shall show me the way
Into the wide, wide world.

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