Translation © by Lau Kanen

Kuckuck, Kuckuck ruft aus dem Wald
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Kuckuck, Kuckuck [ruft]1 aus dem Wald:
Lasset uns singen,
[Tanzen und]2 springen!3
Frühling, [Frühling]4 wird es nun bald.
Kuckuck, Kuckuck läßt nicht sein Schrei'n:
[Kommt]5 in die Felder,
Wiesen und Wälder!6
Frühling, [Frühling]4, stelle dich ein!
Kuckuck, Kuckuck, trefflicher Held!
Was du gesungen,
Ist dir gelungen:
Winter, [Winter]4 räumet das Feld.

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Confirmed with Hoffmann's von Fallersleben Gesammelte Werke; Zweiter Band : Lyrische Gedichte : Liebesleben Fortsetzung, Kinderleben, Berlin, F. Fontane, 1891, p. 320.

Note: the word "Kuckuck" is sometimes spelled "Kuckuk" (or "Kuk-kuk" in scores, since "ck" becomes "kk" when the syllables are separated).
1 Grell: "ruft's". This formulation is common, and has persisted in the literature. In Hoffmann von Fallersleben's original poem, however, the word is "ruft."
2 Schumann, Dresel: "Lasset uns"
3 Schumann adds here "Lasset uns singen und springen!"
4 Omitted by Schumann.
5 Schumann, Dresel: "Komm"
6 Schumann adds here "Komm in die Felder und Wälder!"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lenteboodschap", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Margo Briessinck

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2015-04-09 18:44:40
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Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Koekoek, koekoek roept uit het bos:
Laat ons nu zingen,
Dansen en springen1,
Lente, lente breekt nu gauw los.
Koekoek, koekoek houdt zich niet in:
Kom nu naar heide,
Veld, bos en weiden2!
Lente, lente, kom en begin!
Koekoek, koekoek, heerlijke held!
Jij hebt gezongen,
Hebt het voldongen:
Winter, winter ruimt nu het veld.

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1 Schumann: Laat ons nu zingen en springen
2 Bij Schumann in de herhaling: Kom nu naar heide en weiden!


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Text added to the website: 2013-05-15 00:00:00
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