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O Ponte molle, du treffliche Bruck

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Ponte molle, du treffliche Bruck,
Bei der ich geschlürft schon manch tapfern Schluck
    Aus strohumflochtener Flaschen,
O Ponte molle, was ist mit dir?
Als einsamer Trinker sitz' ich allhier,
    Kaum mag ich des Weines naschen.

O Ponte molle, 's war seltsam heut,
Die süße verklungene Jugendzeit
    Und die alte Liebe kam wieder,
Es zieht ein heißer Scirocco durchs Land,
Im Herzen lodert der alte Brand,
    Es regt sich wie Sänge und Lieder.

O Tibrisstrom, o Sankt Peters Dom!
O du ganzes gewaltig allmächtiges Rom!
    -- Mögt allsamt gestohlen mir werden.
Wohin auch die unstete Fahrt mich trieb,
Die stille, holdselige Schwarzwaldlieb
    Bleibt doch das Schönste auf Erden.

O Ponte molle, -- wie war sie schön!
Und müßt' ich viel tausend Fräulein noch sehn,
    Ich priese doch steht nur die Eine.
Und käme sie jetzo des Wegs vorbei,
Dir selbst, du solides Quadergebäu,
    Durchzuckte es Mark und Gebeine.

Doch vergeblich die Sehnsucht, vergeblich das Leid.
Die Sonn' ist zu glühend, der Weg zu weit
    Und das Fliegen noch nicht erfunden.
Padrone, noch eine Flasche herein!
Der perlenreiche Orvietowein
    Mag auch dem Traurigen munden.

O Ponte molle, du treffliche Bruck,
Ich glaube, du lohnest mit bösem, Spuk,
    Daß ich mich in Träumen verloren!
Es wirbelt ein Staub an der Heerstraß' auf;
Jetzt sperrt mir ein Ochsen- und Büffelhauf'
    Den Heimweg zu Romas Toren!

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-12-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
Line count: 36
Word count: 220

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Oh Ponte Molle, you splendid bridge

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh Ponte Molle, you splendid bridge,
Near which I have quaffed many a noble draught
   From a bottle in braided straw,
On Ponte Molle, what is it with you?
As a solitary drinker I sit here,
   I hardly want to sip my wine.

Oh Ponte Molle, it was odd today,
The sweet, faded-away time of youth
   And the old love returned,
A hot sirocco wind blows through the land,
In my heart blazes the old fire;
   It stirs within me as of songs and poems.

Oh Tiber River, oh St. Peter’s Cathedral!
Oh you entire, grand, all-powerful Rome!
   All of you can go hang as far as I’m concerned.
Wherever my erratic travels have taken me,
The quiet, fair beloved of the Black Forest
   Remains the most beautiful thing on earth.

Oh Ponte Molle, -- how beautiful she was!
And should I have to gaze upon many thousands of women yet,
   I would always praise just the One.
And if she came along the way just now,
You yourself, you solid structure of squared stones,
   Would find yourself trembling in your very marrow.

But for naught is the longing, for naught the suffering.
The sun is too burning hot, the way too long
   And flight has not yet been invented.
Padrone, bring another bottle!
Even a sad man might savour
   The pearly Orvieto wine.

Oh Ponte Molle, you splendid bridge,
I believe you are repaying me with evil spooks
   For having become lost in my dream!
Dust is rising on the military road;
Now a mass of oxen and buffalos are blocking
   My homeward way to the gates of Rome!

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English song title (von Holstein): Upon the Ponte Molle
English song title (Pache, Traunwart): Oh Ponte Molle, you splendid bridge
English song title (Sommer): Ponte Molle


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Text added to the website: 2014-08-22.
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