by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Zierlich ist des Vogels Tritt im Schnee
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA
Zierlich ist des Vogels Tritt im Schnee,
Wenn er wandelt [auf]1 des Berges Höh':
[Zierlicher schreibt]2 Liebchens liebe Hand,
Schreibt ein Brieflein mir in ferne Land'.

In die Lüfte hoch ein Reiher steigt,
Dahin weder Pfeil noch Kugel [fleugt]3:
[Tausendmal]4 so hoch und so geschwind
Die Gedanken treuer Liebe sind.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Eduard Mörike, Zweite, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1848, page 19.

1 Seifert: "von"
2 Seifert: "Zierlich schreibet"
3 Seifert: "reicht"
4 Seifert: "Doch tausendmal"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Gracieux est le pas de l'oiseau sur la...
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Gracieux est le pas de l'oiseau sur la neige,
Quand il chemine sur les sommets des montagnes :
Encore plus gracieusement la chère main de ma bien-aimée écrit,
Quand elle m'écrit une lettre au loin.

Haut dans l'air un héron monte,
Là où aucune flèche ou balle ne peut voler :
Un millier de fois aussi hautes et rapides
Sont mes pensées d'amour véritable.

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Translation of title "Jägerlied" = "Chant de chasseur"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (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: 2011-11-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 64