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Von der Bürgerwache

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heut zieht der Vater auf die Wacht
Und schirmt das Vaterland die ganze Nacht.
In fester Hand hält er das Bajonett
Derweil die Mutter liegt im warmen Bett.

Jetzt sitz' ich gern noch auf dem Schoos,
Doch das wird anders bin ich einmal gross,
Dann schwing' ich hoch die Fahne schwarzgoldroth
Und für die Freiheit geh ich in den Tod.

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "About the Citizen Guard", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-12-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:29
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About the Citizen Guard

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Today my father heads off to the [citizen] guard
And protects the Fatherland the whole night long.
In his strong hand he holds the bayonet
While my mother lies in her warm bed.

Now I still like to sit upon someone’s lap,
But that will change when someday I am grown;
Then I shall brandish the black-gold-red flag
And for freedom I would go to my death.

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Text added to the website: 2015-01-19.
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