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Auszug der Handwerksburschen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Singe du, Büblein am Zaune!
Singe, Büblein, und staune
Den Wolken und dem zornigen Bach
Und uns Wandergesellen nach.

Wir müssen weiter, die Welt ist weit;
Wer weiß, wo uns ein Bett bereit,
Ein Bänklein, Schragen oder Schrein,
Zu liegen, wenn wir müde sein.

Und wer am Wege bleiben muß,
Dem sagen wir den Scheidegruß
Und wird mit Rasen zugedeckt
Und wird ein Kreuzlein draufgesteckt.

Wir suchen hier und suchen da
Die Straße nach Schlaraffia;
Bleib du daheim, du bist noch klein,
Singe du, Bübelein!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 518-519.

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The departure of the apprentices", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Départ des apprentis", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-10-21 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-01 18:19:45

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Word count: 85

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The departure of the apprentices

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You sing, little lad by the fence!
Sing, little lad, and marvel
At the passing of the clouds and of the angry brook
And of us wandering comrades.

We must go on, the world is wide;
Who knows where a bed is ready for us,
A little bench, a trestle or cupboard,
To lie down when we are tired.

And whoever dies along the way,
For him we shall speak a farewell greeting
And he shall be covered with grass
And a cross shall be placed upon his resting place.

We seek hither and seek thither
The road to the Land of Cockaigne;
You stay at home, you are still small,
You sing, little lad!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Auszug der Handwerksburschen", written 1903 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Emil Hess. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-10-21 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-10-22 00:43:57

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