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Es war ein König in Thule

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war ein König in Thule
Gar treu bis an [das]1 Grab,
Dem sterbend seine Buhle
Einen goldnen Becher gab.

Es ging ihm nichts darüber,
Er leert' ihn jeden Schmaus;
Die Augen gingen ihm über,
So oft er trank daraus.

Und als er kam zu sterben,
Zählt' er seine Städt' im Reich,
[Gönnt']2 alles [seinem]3 Erben,
Den Becher nicht zugleich.

Er saß beim Königsmahle,
Die Ritter um ihn her,
[Auf hohem]4 Vätersaale,
Dort auf dem Schloß am Meer.

Dort stand der alte Zecher,
Trank letzte Lebensgluth,
Und warf den [heil'gen]5 Becher
Hinunter in die Fluth.

Er sah ihn stürzen, trinken,
Und sinken tief ins Meer.
Die Augen täten ihm sinken;
Trank nie einen Tropfen mehr.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE IRI ITA POR

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 187-188; and with Faust. Ein Fragment. in Goethe's Schriften. Siebenter Band. Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790, pages 94-95.

First published in a different version in Volks- und andere Lieder, mit Begleitung des Forte piano, In Musik gesetzt von Siegmund Freyherrn von Seckendorff. Dritte Sammlung. Dessau, 1782, pages 6-9; see below.

1 Liszt: "sein"
2 Zelter: "Lies"
3 Fritze, Liszt: "seinen"
4 Zelter: "In hohen"
5 Goethe (Faust): "heiligen"

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


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Set in a modified version by Karl Sigmund Freiherr von Seckendorff.

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De koning van Thule", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "There was a King of Thule", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "The King of Thule"
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Bhí rí ann fadó in Thule", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il re in Tule", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "O rei em Thule", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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A Thule hi havia un rei

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

A Thule hi havia un rei,
fidel fins a la tomba,
la seva amant al morir
li donà una copa d’or.

Res era més valuós per a ell,
la buidava a cada àpat;
els seus ulls es transformaven
cada cop que d’ella bevia.

I quan es veié morir,
comptà les ciutats del seu regne,
deixà tot als seus hereus,
excepte la copa d’or.

Segué al banquet reial,
amb els cavallers al voltant,
a l’egrègia sala ancestral
del castell vora el mar.

Allà, dempeus, el vell trincó,
begué la darrera energia vital
i llançà la sagrada copa
a les aigües del mar.

La veié caure, omplir-se
i anar-se’n al fons.
Els ulls se li tancaren
i no tornà a beure mai més.


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Translation of title "Der König in Thule" = "El rei de Thule"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Der König in Thule", written 1774, appears in Faust, in Der Tragödie erster Teil (Part I), Margarete's song, first published 1782 DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA POR FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hermann Behn, Alphons Diepenbrock, Felix Draeseke, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, Wilhelm Fritze, Christian Wilhelm Heydenreich, Adolf Jensen, Johann Christoph Kienlen, Bernhard Klein, Joseph Klein, Otto Klemperer, Conradin Kreutzer, Eduard Lassen, Justus Amadeus Lecerf, Leopold Lenz, Franz Liszt, Heinrich August Marschner, Johann Gottlob Quandt, Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Fürst, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Julius Röntgen, Louis Schlottmann, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Artur Seemann, Friedrich Silcher, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Wenzel Heinrich Veit, Maude Valérie White, Alexander Winterberger, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

 

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