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Das Lied des Steinklopfers

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich bin kein Minister,
Ich bin kein König,
Ich bin kein Priester,
Ich bin kein Held,
Mir ist kein Orden,
Mir ist kein Titel
Verliehen worden
Und auch kein Geld.

Dich will ich kriegen,
Du harter Plocken,
Die Splitter fliegen,
Der Sand stäubt auf -
"Du armer Flegel,"
Mein Vater brummte,-
"Nimm meinen Schlägel;"
Und starb darauf.

Heut hab ich Armer
Noch nichts gegessen,
Der Allerbarmer
Hat nichts gesandt;
Von gold’nem Weine
Hab‘ ich geträumet
Und klopfe Steine
Für's Vaterland.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Die Texte der Lieder von Richard Strauss, Kritische Ausgabe von Reinhold Schlötterer, Pfaffenhofen: W. Ludwig Verlag, 1988.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le chant du casseur de pierres", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The song of the stonebreaker", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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Word count: 80

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The song of the stonebreaker

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I am no minister,
I am no king,
I am no priest,
I am no hero,
No medal,
No title,
Has been bestowed upon me
And also no money.

You I wish to deal with,
You hard block,
The splinters are flying,
The sand rises in clouds -
“You poor lout,”
My father muttered,-
“Take my hammer;”
And died thereafter.

Today I, poor wretch,
Have not yet eaten anything,
The All-Merciful One
Has sent nothing;
I have dreamed
Of golden wine,
And I break stones
For the Fatherland.

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Text added to the website: 2014-05-19.
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