by Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804 - 1881), as Ernst
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Längst schon flog zu Nest der Vogel
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Längst schon flog zu Nest der Vogel,
Zwitschert leis im Traume fort;
In den abgebroch'nen Tönen
Klingt ein wunderliebes Wort:

Heerden ziehn an mir vorüber,
Suchen ihren Ruheort;
In dem trauten Klang der Glocken
Ruft ein wunderliebes Wort:

Vor mir in dem stillen Grunde
Zieht ein blauer Rauch sich fort,
Mahnt zur Eil'. Im blauen Dufte 
Lockt ein wunderliebes Wort: 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Gedichte von Ernst, Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann, 1858, page 112.


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The bird has long since flown to its...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The bird has long since flown to its nest,
It twitters quietly on in its dreams;
In the tones that have broken off
A wondrously dear word rings out:
At home.

Herds travel past me,
Seeking their resting place;
In the dear sound of the bells
A wondrously dear word calls out:
At home.

Before me in a quiet valley
A stream of blue smoke is rising,
It urges me to hasten.  In the blue scent
A wondrously dear word beckons:
At home.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Abendbild" = "Evening image"
"Daheim" = "At home"
"Abendlied" = "Evening song"


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