Translation © by Emily Ezust

Waldmädchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Bin ein Feuer hell, das lodert
Von dem grünen Felsenkranz,
Seewind ist mein Buhl' und fordert
Mich zum lust'gen Wirbeltanz,
Kommt und wechselt unbeständig,
Steigend wild, 
Neigend mild,
Meine schlanken Lohen wend' ich:
Komm nicht nah' mir, ich verbrenn' dich!

Wo die wilden Bäche rauschen 
Und die hohen Palmen stehn,
Wenn die Jäger heimlich lauschen,
Viele Rehe einsam gehn.
Bin ein Reh, flieg' durch die Trümmer,
Über die Höh',
Wo im Schnee
Still die letzten Gipfel schimmern,
Folg' mir nicht, erjagst mich nimmer!

Bin ein Vöglein in den Lüften,
Schwing' mich übers blaue Meer,
Durch die Wolken von den Klüften
Fliegt kein Pfeil mehr bis hieher.
Und die Au'n, die Felsenbogen,
Waldeseinsamkeit 
Weit, wie weit, 
Sind versunken in die Wogen --
Ach, ich habe mich verflogen!

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La noia del bosc", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Woudmeisje", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Forest girl", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La fille de la forêt", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La fanciulla del bosco", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 27
Word count: 125

Forest girl
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I am a bright fire blazing
from the green rocky wreath;
the sea wind is my lover and 
summons me to a lusty whirlwind dance.
Constantly moving and changing,
rising wildly, 
bending gently,
I turn my slim blaze:
do not come near me - I'll burn you!

Where the wild brooks roar
and the lofty palms stand,
when the hunter listens secretly,
many deer wander alone.
I am a deer, fleeing through the rubble,
across the heights, 
where in the snow
the last summits glimmer mutely;
do not follow me, do not ever try to hunt me! 

I am a little bird in the sky,
soaring across the blue lake;
through the clouds of the ravine
no arrow flies behind me.
And the floodplains, the rocky arch,
as wide as the lonely forest,
so wide! 
I have sunk into the waves,
ah, I have evaporated!

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 27
Word count: 145