Translation © by Salvador Pila

Die Höh'n und Wälder schon steigen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Die Höh'n und Wälder [schon]1 steigen
Immer tiefer in's Abendgold;
Ein Vöglein [frägt]2 in den Zweigen
Ob es Liebchen grüssen sollt'?

O Vöglein, du hast dich betrogen,
Sie wohnet nicht mehr im Tal,
Schwing' [auf dich]3 zum Himmelsbogen,
Grüss' sie droben zum letztenmal.

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1 omitted by Zemlinsky.
2 Franz: "fragt" (typo?)
3 Randhartinger: "dich auf"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Bona nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bonne nuit", copyright © 2011, (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: 43

Bona nit
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Els cims i les valls s'enfonsen
cada vegada més profundament en l'or del capvespre;
a les branques, un ocellet pregunta
si caldria saludar la meva estimada.

Oh ocellet, t'has equivocat,
ella ja no viu a la vall,
aixeca el vol cap a la volta celestial
i, allà dalt, saluda-la per darrera vegada.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-10-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 52