by Samuel Friedrich Sauter (1766 - 1846)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Der Wachtelschlag
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
[Ach! wie]1 schallt's dorten so lieblich hervor;
   Fürchte Gott!
   Fürchte Gott!
Ruft mir die Wachtel in's Ohr!
Sitzend im Grünen, von Halmen umhüllt,
Mahnt sie den Horcher [im Schattengefild]2:
   Liebe Gott!
   Liebe Gott!
Er ist so [gütig, so]3 mild.

Wieder bedeutet ihr hüpfender Schlag:
   Lobe Gott!
   Lobe Gott!
Der dich zu lohnen vermag.
Siehst du die herrlichen [Früchten]4 im Feld,
Nimm es zu Herzen, Bewohner der Welt!
   Danke Gott!
   Danke Gott!
Der dich ernährt und erhält.

Schreckt [mich]5 im Wetter der Herr der Natur,
   Bitte Gott!
   Bitte Gott!
Ruft sie, er schonet die Flur.
Machen Gefahren [des Krieges mir]6 bang,
[Tröstet mich wieder der Wachtelgesang:]7
   Traue Gott!
   Traue Gott!
Sieh, er verziehet nicht lang!

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Confirmed with Almanach und Taschenbuch für häusliche u. gesellschaftl. Freuden. 1799. von Carl Lang mit Kupfern von D. Chodowicki, H. Guttenberg &. Heilbronn am Neckar im Industrie Comtoir, pages 250-251.

This is the first version of Sauter's poem. Later he published his poem in a revised form, see below.

1 Beethoven (first print), and Schubert: "Ach, mir"; Sauter (1811 edition), and Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "Horch, wie"
2 Sauter (1811 edition), Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "am Saatengefild"
3 Beethoven (Breitkopf & Härtel): "gütig und"
4 Beethoven and Schubert: "Früchte"
5 Beethoven and Schubert: "dich"
6 Beethoven and Schubert: "der Krieger dir"
7 omitted by Beethoven and Schubert

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El crit de la guatlla", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kwartelslag", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "The cry of the quail", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le cri de la caille", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Jakob Nikolaus Craigher de Jachelutta) , "Il canto della quaglia"


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-09-19 10:47:10
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De kwartelslag
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ach1, wat klinkt daar, 't is een lieflijk gehoor:
Denk aan God, denk aan God!
Roept mij de kwartel in 't oor.
Zittend in 't koren, door halmen verhuld,
Maant hij wie luistert in 't frisgroene veld:
Houd van God, houd van God!
Hij is zo vriend'lijk, zo mild.
 
Verder betekent zijn huppende slag:
Lof aan God, lof aan God!
Die om te lonen heeft macht.
Zie je die heerlijke vruchten vergaard?
Neem het ter harte, bewoner der aard:
Dank aan God, dank aan God!
Die je steeds voedt en bewaart.
 
Schrikt je door onweer de heer der natuur:
Bid tot God, bid tot God!
Roept zij, hij schoont het azuur.
Maken gevaren van oorlog je bang:
Wed op God, wed op God!
Zie, hij zal dralen niet lang.  

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1 In sommige edities (Peters): Hoor

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