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Es liegt eine Krone im grünen Rhein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es liegt eine Krone im grünen Rhein,
Gezaubert von Gold und von Edelstein,
Und wer sie [erhebet vom]1 tiefem Grund,
Den krönt man [zu]2 Aachen in selbiger Stund:
Vom Belt bis zur Donau die Lande sind sein,
Dem Kaiser der Zukunft, dem Fürsten am Rhein.
Es liegt eine Leier im grünen Rhein,
Gezaubert von Gold und Elfenbein;
Und wer sie [erhebet vom]1 tiefen Grund,
Dem strömen die Lieder [vom goldenen]3 Mund.
Der Kranz der Unsterblichkeit wartet sein,
Des Sängers der Zukunft, des Sängers am Rhein.
Ich weiß wo ein Häuschen am grünen Rhein,
Umranket von Reblaub die Fensterlein;
Drin waltet ein Herz so engelgleich,
[So arm am Gold und an Unschuld]4 so reich:
Gehörte dies Herz an dem Rheine mir,
Ich gäbe die Krone, die Leier dafür.

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Confirmed with Dichterstimmen der Gegenwart. Eine Sammlung vom Felde der deutschen Lyrik seit 1850, herausgegeben von Karl Weller, Leipzig: Heinrich Hübner, 1856, page 64

1 Hill: "erhebt aus"
2 Hill: "in"
3 Hill: "begeisternd vom"
4 Hill: "An Gold so arm, doch an Tugend"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Harry Joelson


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-02-27.
Last modified: 2017-01-31 23:00:49
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A crown lies in the green Rhine

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A crown lies in the green Rhine,
Magically fashioned of gold and jewels,
And he who raises it from the depths
Shall at that same hour be crowned in Aachen:
All the lands from the Belt1 to the Danube are his,
The emperor of the future, the prince by the Rhine.
A lyre lies in the green Rhine,
Magically fashioned of gold and ivory;
And for him who raises it from the depths,
Songs stream [from his golden]2 lips.
The wreath of immortality awaits him,
The singer of the future, the singer by the Rhine.
I know of a little house somewhere by the green Rhine,
Its windows wreathed about with grapevines;
Within it presides a heart so like an angel,
So poor in gold [and so rich in innocence:]3
If that heart by the Rhine were mine,
I would gladly give the crown [and] the lyre for it.

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Translated titles:
"Das Herz am Rheine" and "Das Herz am Rhein" = "The heart by the Rhine"
"Liebessehnen" = "Yearning of love"

1 One of the channels between the islands of Denmark.
2 Hill: "beguilingly from his"
3 Hill: "but so rich in virtue"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Dippel (1825 - 1870), "Das Herz am Rheine"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georg Eduard Goltermann, Wilhelm Hill, Fritz Neuert, Max Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-12-11.
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