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Wenn nur der Rhein nicht wär

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Wenn nur der Rhein nicht wär
Und der Sonnenschein
So strahlend [darüber]1 her,
Und der goldene Wein.
  Und die sieben Berge nicht
Und der alte Zoll
Und [die]2 Schifflein im Angesicht
Mit den Segeln voll.
  Und die [Mägdlein]3 so wundernett
Und der Rundgesang,
Und der Morgen so schön im Bett
Und der Tag so lang--
  Ach! wie [studirten]4 wir
So gar fleißig Jus!
Rhein, Rhein! es liegt an dir,
Daß man bummeln muß!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Rheinlieder. Aus dem Munde der Dichter, ausgewählt von Karl Heffel, Coblenz: W. Groos' Hofbuchhandlung, 1894, page 176

1 Bungert: "drüber"
2 Bungert: "das"
3 Bungert: "Mägdelein"
4 Kampers: "studieren"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and 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) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-08-09 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-10-28 16:18:15

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Word count: 74

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If only there were no Rhine

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 If only there were no Rhine
And no sunshine
So radiant over it,
And no golden wine.
  And no Seven Mountains
And no old customs bastion
And no little [ships]1 right in front of one
With their full sails.
  And no maidens so wondrously pleasant
And no roundelay,
And if the morning were not so pleasant in bed
And if the day were not so long --
  Ah! how we would study
Law so diligently!
Rhine, Rhine! it is your fault
That we are forced to dally away our time!

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Translated titles:
"Bonn" = "Bonn"
"Wenn nur der Rhein nicht wär" = "If only there were no Rhine"

1 Bungert: "ship"


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Text added to the website: 2016-10-23 00:00:00.

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