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Language: German (Deutsch)

Will singen Euch, im alten Ton,
Ein Lied von [alter]1 Treu;
Es sangens unsre Väter schon;
Doch bleibts der Liebe neu.

Im Glücke macht es freudenvoll,
Kann trösten in der Noth:
Daß nichts die Herzen scheiden soll,
Nichts scheiden, als der Tod;

Daß immerdar mit frischem Muth
Der Mann die Traute schützt,
Und alles opfert, Gut und Blut,
Wenns seinem Weibchen nützt.

Daß er auf weiter Erde nichts
Als sie allein begehrt,
Sie gern im Schweiß des Angesichts
Für ihren Kuß ernährt;

Daß, wenn die Lerch' im Felde schlägt,
Sein Weib ihm Wonne lacht,
Ihm, wenn der Acker Dornen trägt,
Zum Spiel die Arbeit macht,

[Und doppelt süß der Ruhe Lust,
Erquickend jedes Brodt,
Den Kummer leicht]2 an ihrer Brust,
Gelinder seinen Tod.

Dann fühlt er noch die kalte Hand
Von ihrer Hand gedrückt,
Und sich ins neue Vaterland
Aus ihrem Arm entrückt.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Auserlesene Lieder Von J. G. Jacobi; Herausgegeben von Johann Georg Schlosser. Basel, bei J. J. Thurneysen, dem Jüngern, 1784, pages 23-24; with Iris. Siebenter Band. Berlin, bey Haude und Spener, 1776, pages 663-665; and with Gedichte von Johann Georg Jacobi. Zweyter Theil. Wien, 1816. Bey Ch. Kaulfuß & C. Armbruster (Meisterwerke deutscher Dichter und Prosaisten. Siebenzehntes Bändchen), pages 10-11.

1 Schubert: "Lieb und"
2 Jacobi (Iris 1776): "Die Ruhe sanfter, jede Lust / Ihm süßer, jedes Brodt / Ihm labender;

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de noces", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bruiloftslied", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Wedding song", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de mariage", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Cançó de noces

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

Us vull cantar, en una antiga tonada,
una cançó de la vella fidelitat;
els nostres pares ja la cantaven,
però ara és nova per als amants.

Ens alegra en la benaurança,
i ens pot reconfortar en la fretura:
que res ha de separar els cors,
res els pot separar excepte la mort.

Que sempre amb renovat coratge
el marit ha de protegir la seva estimada,
i sacrificar-ho tot, els béns i la sang,
si la seva esposa ho necessita.

Que en l’ample món no cobegi
ningú més que ella sola,
que amb la suor dels seu front
la nodreixi per al seu bes;

que quan l’alosa canti als camps,
la seva dona li somrigui en la benaurança,
a ell, quan el terreny només dóna espines
i quan el treball esdevé un joc,

i que el goig del descans sigui doblement dolç,
cada àpat vigoritzant,
que la pena sigui lleugera al cor,
i dolça la seva mort.

Llavors sentirà que ella
estreny la seva freda mà,
i marxarà vers la nova pàtria
allunyant-se dels seus braços.

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