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Ich seufzt' einmal

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

Ich seufzt' einmal 
Bei Mondes Strahl 
Dort unter jener Eiche;
Da kam mir's vor,
Als ob vom Thor 
Mein Schatz herüber schleiche.
Ich traute nicht
Dem Dämmerlicht;
Doch über'n Zaun her sprang er,
Und sank -- o Lust! --
Mir an die Brust,
Und Brust und Arm umschlang er.

Verbogen gar 
Die Mütz' ihm war,
Als er mich küßt' und drückte, 
Und ich -- so schwach 
Vom Kuß, der -- ach! -- 
Die Seele mir entrückte! 
Verwünschter Krieg! 
Wie sank und stieg 
Die Brust mir so beklommen! 
Doch nun -- halloh! --
Wie bin ich froh,
Daß er zurückgekommen! 

Ging Alt und Jung 
Zu Tanz und Sprung, 
Saß ich im engen Stübchen,
Und dacht' allein,
In Angst und Pein,
An mein entferntes Bübchen; 
Doch -- Gott sey Lob! --
Der Krieg zerstob;
Mein Johnnie kehrt' in's Städtchen:
Nun tanz' auch ich 
Und putze mich 
So gut, wie andre Mädchen!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Robert Burns' Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Mit des Dichters Leben und erläuternden Bemerkungen, Leipzig, Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth, 1840, pages 166-167.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Haydn. Go to the text.

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 © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2015-05-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-05-04 10:23:20

Line count: 36
Word count: 140

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Once, I sighed

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Once, I sighed
When the moon was shining
There under yonder oak;
Then it seemed to me
As if from the gate
My darling was sneaking over to me.
I did not trust
The gloaming;
But over the fence he sprang,
And sank -- oh joy! --
Upon my breast
And embraced my bosom and arm.

All twisted up
His cap became,
As he kissed and squeezed me,
And I -- so weak
From the kiss, which -- ah! --
Enraptured my soul!
Cursed war!
How so oppressedly
My bosom sank and rose!
But now -- hallo! --
How happy I am
That he has returned!

When young and old
Went to the dance and leaping,
I sat in my narrow room,
And only thought
In fear and anguish
Of my distant lad;
But -- may God be praised! --
The war ended;
My Johnny returned to town:
Now I, too, dance
And dress up
As nicely as other girls do!

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Translations of title(s):
"Überraschung" = "Surprise"
"Ich seufzt' einmal" = "Once, I sighed"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Haydn. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-03-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-03-03 13:03:35

Line count: 36
Word count: 152