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Language: German (Deutsch)

Erhebt das Glas mit froher Hand
und trinkt euch heitren Mut.
Wenn schon, den Freundschaft euch verband,
nun das Geschicke trennt,
so heitert dennoch euren Schmerz
und kränket nicht des Freundes Herz.

Nur trinkt, erhebt den Becher hoch,
ihr Bruder, hoch 
und singt nach treuer Freunde weisem Brauch 
und singt das frohe Lied.
Uns trennt das Schicksal, doch es bricht 
die Freundschaft treuer Herzen nicht.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Amelia Maria Imbarrato and Garrett Medlock [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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Drinklied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "Drinking song", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chanson à boire", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Brindisi", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-12-09.
Last modified: 2018-10-11 15:17:06
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Word count: 65

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Chanson à boire

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

Levez le verre d'une main heureuse
et buvez d'un esprit serein.
Si déjà l'amitié nous a réunis,
maintenant le destin nous sépare,
aussi cela soulage néanmoins votre douleur
et ne blesse pas le cœur de l'ami.

Maintenant buvez, levez haut votre verre,
frère, haut,
et chantez suivant la pratique sage des amis fidèles
et chantez le chant joyeusement.
Le destin nous sépare, mais il ne brise pas
l'amitié de cœurs fidèles.

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Text added to the website: 2019-01-07.
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