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Herr Olaf, es ist Mitternacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herr Olaf, es ist Mitternacht,
Dein Leben ist verflossen!
Du hattest eines Fürstenkinds
In freier Lust genossen.

Die Mönche murmeln das Totengebet,
Der Mann im roten Rocke
Er steht mit seinem blanken Beil
Schon vor dem schwarzen Blocke.

Herr Olaf steigt in den Hof hinab,
Da blinken viel Schwerter und Lichter.
Es lächelt des Ritters roter Mund,
Mit lächelndem Munde spricht er:

"Ich segne die Sonne, ich segne den Mond,
Und die Stern, die am Himmel schweifen.
Ich segne auch die Vögelein,
Die in den Lüften pfeifen.

Ich segne das Meer, ich segne das Land,
Und die Blumen auf der Aue.
Ich segne die Veilchen, sie sind so sanft
Wie die Augen meiner Fraue.

Ihr Veilchenaugen meiner Frau,
Durch Euch verlier ich mein Leben!
Ich segne auch den Holunderbaum,
Wo du dich mir ergeben."

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Neue Gedichte, Hoffmann und Campe, 1844, page 186

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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Chevalier Olaf, il est minuit

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Chevalier Olaf, il est minuit,
Ta vie est écoulée !
De l'enfant d'un prince
Tu as joui librement.

Les moines marmonnent la prière des morts,
L'homme en habit rouge,
Avec sa brillante hache,
Est déjà devant le noir billot.

Le chevalier Olaf monte dans la cour,
Où à la lumière brillent les épées.
Les lèvres rouges du chevalier sourient,
De sa bouche souriante, il dit:

« Je bénis le soleil, je bénis la lune
Et les étoiles qui errent dans le ciel,
Je bénis aussi les petits oiseaux
Qui pépient dans les airs.

Je bénis la mer, je bénis la terre
Et les fleurs des champs
Je bénis les violettes, si délicates,
Pareilles aux yeux de ma femme.

Yeux de ma femme,
C'est par Vous que je perds la vie !
Je bénis aussi le sureau
Sous lequel tu t'es donnée à moi. »

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Translations of title(s):
"Abschied vom Leben" = "Adieu à la vie"
"Ritter Olaf III" = "Le chevalier Olaf III"
"Herr Olaf, es ist Mitternacht" = "Chevalier Olaf, il est minuit"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Romanzen, in 10. Ritter Olaf, no. 3 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd, Charles Braun, Felix Draeseke, Don Forsythe, Carl Nicola, August Ferdinand Riccius, Eugen Schmitz. Go to the text.


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