by Friedrich von Schlegel (1772 - 1829)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Die Vögel
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Wie lieblich und fröhlich,
Zu schweben, zu singen,
[Von]1 glänzender Höhe
Zur Erde zu blicken!

Die Menschen sind thöricht,
Sie können nicht [zwitschern]2.
Sie jammern in Nöthen,
Wir flattern gen Himmel.

Der Jäger will tödten,
Dem Früchte wir pickten;
Wir müssen ihn höhnen,
Und Beute gewinnen.

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, page 135; and with Friedrich Schlegel's sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Gedichte. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, 1809, page 14.

1 Schubert: "In"
2 Schlegel (1809 and later editions), and Schubert: "fliegen"

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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) , "Els ocells", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vogels", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Gordon) , "Birds", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les oiseaux", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Uccelli", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: David Gordon , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-07-12 07:01:23
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Les oiseaux
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Comme c'est adorable et joyeux
De planer, de chanter,
Depuis des hauteurs éclatantes
De regarder la terre !

Les humains sont sots,
Ils ne peuvent pas voler.
Ils se lamentent de leurs misères.
Nous volons vers le paradis.

Le chasseur veut nous tuer,
Pour les fruits que nous avons cueillis ;
Nous devons nous moquer de lui
Et saisir notre butin.

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Text added to the website: 2010-01-31 00:00:00
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