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Language: German (Deutsch)

Nun trinke Valet und fahre dahin! 
Frisch an, Geselle, frisch an! 
Ein tapferes Herz und ein fröhlicher Sinn,
Das hilft in den Sattel dem Mann.
Was rüstig begonnen,
Ist halb schon gewonnen,
Drum vorwärts! und biete dem Glücke die Hand 
Zu Wege, zu Stege, zu Wasser und Land.

Wenn dich in der Ferne die Schwalbe umkreist,
Dann denke, so fliegt sie auch hier,
Das Tischlein, an dem du noch gestern gespeist,
Giebt heut einem Andern Quartier.
So werden getrieben,
Die gerne geblieben,
Es rostet kein Riegel, es bindet kein Band 
Zu Wege, zu Stege, zu Wasser und Land.

 Wenn sauer der Wind um die Nase dir weht,
Was thut es nur immer grad' aus! 
Und hat dir ein Mädel den Kopf verdreht,
Reich ihr den Vergißmeinnichtstrauß.
Wo immer auch winken 
Dir Becher zum Trinken,
Da schüttle nicht, lösch' in der Kehle den Brand 
Zu Wege, zu Stege, zu Wasser und Land.

Nun werde gesprochen das letzte Wort,
Valet, Geselle! Valet! 
Was hier verwelket, das blühet dort,
Und einmal wird Alles wett. 
Wenn lange verklungen,
Was einst wir gesungen,
So hält doch in Stürmen die Treue noch Stand 
Zu Wege, zu Stege, zu Wasser und Land.

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Farewell!", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:35
Line count: 32
Word count: 195

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Now drink farewell and off you go!
Briskly, comrade, briskly!
A valiant heart and a merry spirit,
That helps a man get into the saddle.
What is begun with vigour
Is already half won,
Therefore forward! and give good fortune your hand
Underway, on pathways, on water and land.

When in distant lands the swallows circle about you,
Then recall, they also fly here,
The little table at which you dined just yesterday
Will today provide accommodation to another.
Thus are shooed off
Those who would have gladly stayed,
No latch rusts, no ties bind
Underway, on pathways, on water and land.

When the wind blows peevishly about your nose,
What does it matter, just keep going straight on!
If a girl has turned your head,
Hand her the bouquet of forget-me-nots.
Wherever beckon
Goblets to drink,
Do not shake [your head in negation], but extinguish the burning in your throat
Underway, on pathways, on water and land.

Now may the last word be spoken,
Farewell, comrade, farewell!
What withers here, blooms over there,
And everything will be compensated for someday.
When what we once sang
Has long died away,
Faithfulness shall still be steadfast in the storms
Underway, on pathways, on water and land.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910), "Valet!", appears in Singuf: Rattenfängerlieder, first published 1881
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Frank, Heinrich Karl Johann Hofmann, Carl Kleemann, Vinzenz Lachner, Josef Schnegg, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-06-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:35
Line count: 32
Word count: 205