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Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel (1869) Op.52 no.6


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Liebeslieder-Walzer (Op.52)


Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel

Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den Flug
Zum Garten hin, da gab es Obst genug.
Wenn ich ein hübscher, kleiner Vogel wär,
Ich säumte nicht, ich täte so wie der.
Leimruten-Arglist lauert an dem Ort;
Der arme Vogel konnte nicht mehr fort.
Wenn ich ein hübscher, kleiner Vogel wär,
Ich säumte doch, ich täte nicht wie der.
Der Vogel kam in eine schöne Hand,
Da tat es ihm, dem Glücklichen, nicht and.
Wenn ich ein hübscher, kleiner Vogel wär,
Ich säumte nicht, ich täte doch wie der.

A pretty little bird

A pretty little bird flew off
into a garden full of fruit.
Were I a pretty little bird,
I’d not hesitate, I’d do the same.
But treacherous lime-twigs lay in wait;
the poor bird could not fly away.
Were I a pretty little bird,
I’d hesitate, not do the same.
The bird alighted on a fair hand,
the lucky thing wanted nothing more.
Were I pretty little bird,
I’d not hesitate, I’d do the same.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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