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Wo sich zum Rheinesstrome

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wo sich zum Rheinesstrome
Die Hügel ziehn hinab,
Zu Mainz im alten Dome,
Da ist ein Sängergrab.
Dort unterm Stein zu schauen
Liegt Heinrich Frauenlob,
Der um die holden Frauen
Des Sanges Goldnetz wob.
Weil er so hold gesungen,
So treu bis in den Tod,
Sein Lied sich hingeschwungen
Wie letztes Abendrot,
Da war ein großes Klagen,
Da haben all' geweint,
Und ihn zum Grab zu tragen,
Die Frauen sich vereint.
Ob sie im Prachtgetose
Auch kam, die Kron' im Haar,
Ob an der Brust die Rose
Der einz'ge Schmuck auch war;
Den ich den schönsten wähne,
Der Schmuck war demuthsvoll:
Die treue Mitleidsthräne,
Die still dem Aug entquoll
Sie trugen zum Heiligthume
Die vielgeliebte Last
Und streuten manche Blume
In seine stille Rast;
Und schütteten der Reben
Viel edle Tropfen drauf!
Ihm blühten, wie im Leben,
Im Tod noch Rosen auf.
Den Lohn, der ihm beschieden,
Dem Sänger, preis' ich hoch,
Doch eins weiß ich hienieden,
Das nenn' ich schöner noch.
Das möcht' ich mir erstreben,
Das sei mein Hochgewinn,
Wenn ich geschafft im Leben
Mit edlem Männersinn:
Wenn von der Jugend Zungen
Mein Lied einst hell erklingt,
Wenn voll Erinnerungen
Man mit den Becher schwingt;
Wenn es in Lust und Schmerzen
Ertönt mit Mark und Kraft:
Er hat mit treuem Herzen
Fürs Vaterland geschafft!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Waldmeisters Brautfahrt: ein Rhein- Wein- und Wandermärchen, Fünfundfünfzigste Auflage. Stuttgart, Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1884, pages 88-90.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Harry Joelson


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-22.
Last modified: 2017-09-28 17:36:13
Line count: 48
Word count: 216

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Where to the Rhine River

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Where to the Rhine River
The hills descend,
At Mainz in the old cathedral
There is a singer’s grave.
Under the stone lie
The remains of Heinrich Frauenlob,
Who wove the golden net of song
About lovely women.

Because he sang so beautifully,
So faithfully until his death,
His song ascending
Like the final sunset,
There was a great lamentation,
All wept,
And all the women joined together
To bear him to his grave.

Whether she came in a roar of splendour,
The crown in her hair,
Whether a rose at her breast
Was her sole adornment;
[The adornment] that I consider the loveliest,
It was full of humility:
The faithful tear of sympathy,
That quietly flowed from the eye.

To the sanctuary they bore
The much-beloved burden
And scattered many a flower
Into his quiet resting place;
And from the vines they poured
Many noble drops upon it!
As in life, roses still bloomed
For him in death.

The reward that was granted to him,
The singer, I praise it highly,
But I know of something here on earth,
Which I would call even more beautiful.
That is what I would like to strive for,
May that be my great prize
When in life I have worked
With noble manly spirit:

When from youthful tongues
My song shall someday ring out brightly,
When full of remembrances
They brandish the goblet;
When in joy and sorrow
It rings out with power and strength:
With a faithful heart
He worked for the Fatherland!

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Translations of title(s):
"Heinrich Frauenlob" = "Heinrich Frauenlob"
"Wo sich zum Rheinesstrome" = "Where to the Rhine River"
"Frauenlob" = "Frauenlob"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Otto Roquette (1824 - 1896), no title
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Oskar Wermann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-09-29.
Last modified: 2017-09-29 10:59:20
Line count: 48
Word count: 252