by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 - 1916)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Ein kleines Lied, wie geht's nur an
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ENG
  Ein kleines Lied, wie geht's nur an,
Daß man so lieb es haben kann,
Was liegt darin? erzähle!

  Es liegt darin ein wenig Klang,
Ein wenig Wohllaut und Gesang
Und eine ganze Seele.

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Confirmed with Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Gesammelte Schriften , Erster Band, Aphorismen. Parabeln, Märchen und Gedichte, Berlin: Verlag von Gebrüder Paetel, 1893, p. 185.


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):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "A little song", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "A little song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-04-08
Line count: 6
Word count: 34

A little song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A little song: what makes it such
that one can love it, oh, so much?
What is it? Start revealing!

It is some pleasant melody,
some lovely sound, some harmony -
and all of someone's feeling.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 36