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Der Schwur

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Es sprach zu Hänschen Gretchen]1:
"Mein Lieben mich gereut.
Du [scherzt]2 mit allen Mädchen,
Wir sind geschied'ne Leut.
Geh' deines [Weges]3 wieder!
Mein Kuss bleibt dir versagt,
Bis einst der span'sche Flieder
Im Garten Aepfel tragt!"

Das Fenster ward geschlossen,
Den Vorhang zog sie für,
Und Hänschen ging verdrossen
Von seiner Liebsten Thür.
Als Tags darauf er wieder
Den Weg zur Trauten fand,
Sass Gretchen auf dem Flieder,
[Daran]4 sie Aepfel band.

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Rudolf Baumbach, Spielmannslieder , Leipzig: Verlag von A.G. Liebeskind, 1893, page 49.

1 Bohm, Reger: "Zum Hänschen sprach das Gretchen"
2 Bohm, Reger: "scherzest"
3 Bohm, Reger: "Wegs nur"
4 Reger: "Darauf"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Natalie Macfarren)
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The vow", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le serment", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2018-08-12 10:24:05

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The vow

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Gretchen said to Hans:
"I regret loving you.
You flirt with all the girls;
We two are parting company.

[Go]1 on your way again!
My kiss shall remain denied you,
Until the Spanish lilac
In the garden bears apples!"

The window was shut,
She drew the curtains,
And, peeved, Hans went
Away from his beloved's door.

When on the following day
He again found his way to his darling,
Gretchen was sitting upon the lilac,
[To which]2 she was tying apples.

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1 Bohm, Reger: "Only go"
2 Reger: "Upon which"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rudolph Baumbach (1840 - 1905), "Der Schwur", appears in Spielmannslieder, first published 1883 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Victor Bause, Carl Bohm, Carl Isenmann, Arno Kleffel, Alfred von Lindheim, jun., Erik Meyer-Helmund, Ottomar Neubner, Max Reger, P. Remmorf, Johann Baptist Zerlett. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-08-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-08 11:30:54

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