possibly by Wilhelm Hensel (1765 - 1836)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Nach Süden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Von allen Zweigen schwingen
Sich wandernde Vögel empor;
Weit durch die Lüfte klingen
Hört man den Reisechor:
Nach Süden! Nach Süden!
In den ewigen Blumenflor.

Ihr Vöglein singt munter hernieder,
Wir singen lustig hinaus.
Wenn der Lenz kommt, kehren wir wieder,
Wieder in Nest und Haus,
Von Süden! Von Süden!
Jetzt aber hinaus! hinaus!

Confirmed with Meine Lieder. Den Freunden aufgezeichnet, Berlin: Verlag der Königlichen Geheimen Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei (R. Decker), 1861, page 74; note: the author is not specified in the book.


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Naar ‘t zuiden", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the south", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Southward", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Vers le sud", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 54

To the south
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
From every branch there leaps
a migratory bird,
resounding far throughout the skies
so that one hears a traveling chorus
going to the south, to the south,
to the land of everlasting flowers.

You little birds sing gaily up there,
we sing merrily out;
when spring comes,
we shall return,
return to nest and house,
from the south! But now - away!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62