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Ein Schwert, das schneidet, ein Falke,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Schwert, das schneidet, ein Falke, der fängt,
Ein Roß, dran die Sporen zu sparen,
Ein Saitenspiel über die Schulter gehängt,
So will ich die Lande durchfahren.
So ziehe ich fürbaß mit Sang und Klang
Den Berg hinüber, die Straße entlang
Und lasse beim Reiten und Reisen
Die Wege vom Winde mir weisen.

Ich suche mit Augen ein Königreich,
Das liegt mir verlangend im Sinne,
Ich schlage mich durch mit des Schwertes Streich
Bis hin zu der Königin Minne.
Und ist sie zu Hause, und finde ich sie,
So beug' ich vor ihrem Throne das Knie
Und will mich auf Tod und Leben
Getreu ihrem Dienste ergeben.

Mein Herz ist muthig, mein Arm gelenk,
Zum Ritter muß sie mich schlagen,
Ich werde ihr Marschalk, ihr Truchseß, ihr Schenk,
Stets will ihre Farben ich tragen.
Ich will für sie streiten zuvorderst im Heer
Und will für sie brechen manch mannlichen Speer,
Auf daß ich den Dank mir gewinne
Zu Ehren und Ruhm der Frau Minne.

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 unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-24.
Last modified: 2014-09-17 23:28:33
Line count: 24
Word count: 164

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A sword that cuts, a falcon that catches

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A sword that cuts, a falcon that catches,
A horse that does not need any spurring,
A stringed instrument hung over my shoulder,
That is how I would travel through the lands.
Thus I pass on my way with singing and resounding,
Over the mountain, along the road,
And as I ride and travel I let
The wind show me the way.

With my eyes a seek a kingdom,
Which lives yearningly in my mind,
I fight my way through with a strike of the sword
Until I reach the Queen of Courtly Love.
And if she’s at home, and if I find her,
I will bend my knee before her throne
And in life and death will faithfully
Devote myself to her service.

My heart is courageous, my arm is supple,
She must make me a knight,
I become her marshal, her steward, her butler,
I will always wear her colours.
I will fight for her at the head of the army
And for her I will break many a manly spear,
So that I win [her] gratitude,
To the honour and fame of Courtly Love.

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Translated titles:
"Lied des Tannhäuser" = "Song of Tannhäuser"
"Ein Schwert, das schneidet" = "A sword that cuts"
"Ein Schwert, das schneidet, ein Falke, der fängt" = "A sword that cuts, a falcon that catches"
"Tannhäuser am Minnehofe zu Avellenz" = "Tannhäuser at the Court of Love at Avellenz"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910), no title, appears in Tannhäuser: ein Minnesang, first published 1887
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Theodor Emanuel, Freiherr von Perfall, Hans von Saurma-Jeltsch, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Hermann Strusch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-09-17.
Last modified: 2014-09-17 23:28:43
Line count: 24
Word count: 187