Translation © by Salvador Pila

Die Ähren nur noch nicken
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Die Ähren nur noch nicken,
Das Haupt ist ihnen schwer;
Die müden Blumen blicken,
Nur schüchtern noch umher.

Da kommen Abendwinde,
Still wie die Engelein,
Und wiegen sanft und linde
Die Halm' und [Blumen]1 ein.

Und wie die Blumen blicken,
So schüchtern blickst du nun,
Und wie die Ähren nicken
Will auch dein Häuptlein ruh'n.

Und Abendklänge schwingen
Still wie die Engelein
Sich um die Wieg', und singen
Mein Kind in Schlummer ein.

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Confirmed with Kinderlieder von Hoffmann von Fallersleben. Erste vollständige Ausgabe besorgt durch Dr. Lionel von Donop, Zweite Auflage, Berlin, G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1878, page 183.

Note: in many older editions, the spelling of the word "Ähren" becomes "Aehren", but as can be seen in how "über" becomes "Ueber" when capitalized, this is due to the printing process and not to rules of orthography, so we use "Ähren".

1 Kiel: "Büsche"


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 73

Les espigues es vinclen tan sols
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Les espigues es vinclen tan sols,
els seus caps són feixucs;
les flors cansades esguarden
tímidament al seu entorn.

Llavors ve el vent del capvespre,
silent com els angelets,
i suau i dolçament bressola
les tiges i les flors.

I tal com esguarden les flors
tímidament esguardes tu ara,
i tal com es vinclen les espigues
reposarà també el teu caparró.

I els sons del vespre es mouen
suaus com els angelets,
al voltant del bressol i canten
per fer adormir el meu infant.

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Translations of title(s):
"Die Ähren nur noch nicken" = "Les espigues es vinclen tan sols"
"Schlummerlied" = "Cançó per fer adormir"
"Wiegenlied" = "Cançó de bressol"
"Wiegenliedchen" = "Cançoneta de bressol"
"Wiegenlied im Sommer" = "Cançó de bressol a l'estiu"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 84