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Vaterlandslied

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!
Mein Aug' ist blau, und sanft mein Blick,
Ich hab ein Herz
Das edel ist, und stolz, und gut.

Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!
Zorn blickt mein blaues Aug' auf den,
Es haßt mein Herz
Den, der sein Vaterland verkent!

Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!
Erköhre mir kein ander Land
Zum Vaterland,
Wär mir auch frey die große Wahl!

Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!
Mein hohes Auge blickt auch Spott,
Blickt Spott auf den,
Der Säumens macht bey dieser Wahl.

Du bist kein deutscher Jüngling!
Bist dieses lauen Säumens werth,
Des Vaterlands
Nicht werth, wenn du's nicht liebst, wie ich!

Du bist kein deutscher Jüngling!
Mein ganzes Herz verachtet dich,
Der's Vaterland
Verkent, dich Fremdling! und dich Thor!

Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!
Mein gutes, edles, stolzes Herz
Schlägt laut empor
Beym süßen Namen: Vaterland!

So schlägt mirs einst beym Namen
Deß Jünglings nur, der stolz wie ich
Aufs Vaterland,
Gut, edel ist, ein Deutscher ist!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, pages 300-301; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, pages 293-294.

See Matthias Claudius's response.


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó patriòtica", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Patriottisch lied", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Song of the Fatherland", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de la patrie", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-10-11 12:39:24
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Song of the Fatherland

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I am a German girl!
My eyes are blue, and my gaze is gentle,
I have a heart
That is noble, and proud, and good.

I am a German girl!
Fury flashes from my blue eyes,
[And] my heart hates
Whoever underestimates his own country!

I am a German girl!
I choose no other land
Than [my] fatherland:
That was a freely-made great choice!

I am a German girl!
My eye look down from on high,
With ridicule,
As you waffle over your opinion.

You are no German boy!
If you tarry in this lukewarm way,
Of the fatherland
you’re not worthy, if you don’t love it like I do!

You are no German boy!
My whole heart despises you,
Who don’t recognize the fatherland, 
You foreigner! And you [are called] Thor!

I am a German girl!
My good, noble, proud heart
Beats loudly upon
Hearing your sweet name: Fatherland!

So my heart would only beat at the name
Of a boy who is as proud as I am
Of the fatherland,
And is a good, noble German!


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Notes: Subtitle by Klopstock: ‘For Johanna Elisabeth von Winthem to sing.’

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803), "Vaterlandslied", subtitle: "Zum Singen für Johanna Elisabeth von Winthem", written 1770 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Christian Gottlob Neefe, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2016-05-17.
Last modified: 2016-05-17 19:29:07
Line count: 32
Word count: 178