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Der arme Peter

Word count: 219

Song Cycle by Franz Mair (1821 - 1893)

English translation: Poor Peter
Italian (Italiano) translation: Il povero Pietro

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1. Der Hans und die Grete tanzen herum [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA RUS SPA

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Arme Peter I -- Zie, Hans en Margreetje dansen in 't rond", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hans and Grete dance around", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hans et Grete tournent et dansent", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Dufresne)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Gianni e Rita danzano in cerchio", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der Hans und die Grete tanzen herum,
Und jauchzen vor lauter Freude.
Der Peter steht so still und [stumm]1,
Und ist so blaß wie Kreide.

Der Hans und die Grete sind Bräut'gam und Braut,
Und blitzen im Hochzeitgeschmeide.
Der arme Peter die Nägel kaut
Und geht im Werkeltagskleide.

Der Peter spricht leise vor sich her,
Und [schaut]2 betrübet auf Beide:
« Ach! wenn ich nicht gar zu vernünftig wär',
Ich [thät']3 mir was zu Leide.»


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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, zweiundfünfzigste Auflage (52nd edition), Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1882, page 52.

1 Schumann: "so stumm"
2 Schumann: "schauet"
3 Schumann: "thäte"; modernized spelling would be "täte"

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2. In meiner Brust da sitzt ein Weh [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA POL SPA SWE

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Arme Peter II -- Hier in mijn borst, daar zit een pijn", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Within my heart there lies an ache", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "En mon cœur, il y a un mal", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Dufresne)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Nel mio petto c'è una pena", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


"In meiner Brust, da sitzt ein Weh,
Das will die Brust zersprengen;
Und wo ich steh' und wo ich geh',
Will's mich von hinnen drängen.

"Es treibt mich nach der Liebsten Näh',
Als könnt die Grete heilen;
Doch wenn ich der ins Auge seh',
Muß ich von hinnen eilen.

"Ich steig' hinauf des Berges Höh',
Dort ist man doch alleine;
Und wenn ich still dort oben steh',
Dann steh' ich still und weine."


Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, zweiundfünfzigste Auflage (52nd edition), Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1882, pages 52-53.


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3. Der arme Peter wankt vorbei [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA SPA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Arme Peter III -- De arme Peter sjokt voorbij", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Dufresne)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le pauvre Pierre passe en chancelant", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il povero Pietro va avanti con passo incerto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der arme Peter wankt vorbei,
Gar langsam, leichenblaß und scheu.
Es bleiben fast, wie sie ihn sehn,
Die Leute auf der Straße stehn.

Die Mädchen flüstern sich ins Ohr:
"Der stieg wohl aus dem Grab hervor?"
Ach nein, ihr lieben Jungfräulein,
Der steigt erst [ins]1 Grab hinein.

Er hat verloren seinen Schatz,
Drum ist das Grab der beste Platz,
Wo er am besten liegen mag
Und schlafen bis zum jüngsten Tag.


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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, zweiundfünfzigste Auflage (52nd edition), Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1882, page 53.

1 Schumann: "in das"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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