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Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

  Ich hab mein Weib allein
Und theil' es, traun! mit Niemand;
Nicht Hahnrei will ich sein,
Zum Hahnrei mach' ich Niemand.
Ein Säckchen Gold ist mein,
Doch -- dafür dank' ich Niemand;
Nicht's hab' ich zu verleihn,
Und borgen soll mir Niemand.

  Ich bin nicht Andrer Herr,
Und unterthänig Niemand;
Doch meine Klinge sticht,
Ich fürchte mich vor Niemand.
Ein lustger Kauz bin ich,
Kopfhängerisch mit Niemand;
Schiert Niemand sich um mich,
So scheer' ich mich um Niemand.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page 172

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "Ningú", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Niemand", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "No one", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Personne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19.
Last modified: 2017-02-14 12:56:38
Line count: 16
Word count: 78

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No one

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I alone have my wife,
And, truly, I share her with no one;
I do not want to be a cuckold,
And I make no one else into a cuckold.
A little sack of gold is mine,
But I am beholden to no one for it;
I have nothing to lend,
And no one is to lend to me.
I am not master over others,
And I am an underling to no one;
But my blade stabs
And I am afraid of no one.
I am a merry chap,
I am despondent around no one;
If no one gives a hoot for me,
Then I give a hoot for no one.

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Text added to the website: 2016-02-09.
Last modified: 2016-02-09 21:26:08
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Word count: 111