by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Vöglein, wohin so schnell?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Vöglein, wohin so schnell?
„Nach Norden, nach Norden!
Dort scheint die [Sonne]1 nun so hell,
Dort ist's nun Frühling [worden]2.“

O Vöglein mit den Flügeln bunt,
Und wenn du kommst zum Lindengrund,
Zum Hause meiner [Lieben]3,
Dann sag' ihr, daß ich Tag und Nacht
Von ihr geträumt, an sie gedacht,
Und daß ich treu geblieben.

Und die Blumen im Thal,
Grüss tausend, tausendmal!

E. Poldini sets lines 5-?

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Emanuel Geibel, Zutphen, Thieme'sche Buchhandlung, 1873, pages 59-60.

1 Henkel: "Sonn'"
2 Franz, Keller: "geworden"
3 Franz, Heidingsfeld, Keller: "Liebe"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Little bird, where are you going so quickly?", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Petit oiseau, où vas-tu si vite ?", 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: 12
Word count: 63

Little bird, where are you going so quickly?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Little bird, where are you going so quickly?
 "To the north, to the north!
 There the sun is shining now so brightly,
 and there it has already become springtime."
 O little bird with colorful wings,
 when you come to the valley of linden trees,
 to the house of my beloved,
 tell her that day and night
 I dream about her and think about her,
 and that I have remained faithful.
 And to the flowers in the valley,
 greet them a thousand times!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 83