Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!
Wie ist so traurig jetzt die Welt!
Hin ist die schöne Sommerzeit,
Und nach der Freude kam das Leid.

Wir wußten nichts von Ungemach,
Wir saßen unterm Laubesdach
Vergnügt und froh beim Sonnenschein,
Und sangen in die Welt hinein.

Wir armen Vöglein trauern sehr:
Wir haben keine Heimat mehr,
Wir müssen jetzt von hinnen fliehn
Und in die weite Fremde ziehn.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , title 1: "The migrants' farewell song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant d'adieu des oiseaux migrateurs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Siân Goldthorpe

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

The migrants' farewell song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh how lovely were the woods and fields!
How sad the world is now!
The beautiful summertime is gone,
And after joy came sorrow.

We knew nothing of pain,
We sat under the leafy canopy
Content and joyful in the sunshine,
And sang out into the world.

We poor birds mourn so,
We no longer have a home,
We must now flee from here,
Into the wide unknown.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Siân Goldthorpe and Christian Stein, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 68