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Der Kampf

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nein, länger werd' ich diesen Kampf nicht kämpfen,
Den Riesenkampf der Pflicht.
Kannst du des Herzens Flammentrieb nicht dämpfen,
So [fodre]1, Tugend, dieses Opfer nicht.

Geschworen hab ich's, ja ich hab's geschworen,
Mich selbst zu bändigen.
Hier ist dein Kranz, er sey auf ewig mir verloren,
Nimm ihn zurück und laß mich sündigen.

Zerrissen sey, was wir bedungen haben,
Sie liebt mich - deine Krone sey verscherzt.
Glückselig, wer in Wonnetrunkenheit begraben, 
So leicht wie ich den tiefen Fall verschmerzt.

Sie sieht den Wurm an meiner Jugend Blume nagen
Und meinen Lenz entflohn,
Bewundert still mein heldenmüthiges Entsagen
Und großmuthsvoll beschließt sie meinen Lohn.

Mistraue, schöne Seele, dieser Engelgüte,
Dein Mitleid waffnet zum Verbrechen mich.
Giebt's in des Lebens unermeßlichem Gebiete
Giebt's einen andern schönern Lohn als dich?

Als das Verbrechen, das ich ewig fliehen wollte?
Tyrannisches Geschick!
Der einz'ge Lohn, der meine Tugend krönen sollte,
Ist meiner Tugend letzter Augenblick!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 279-280.

First published by Schiller as a much longer poem (22 stanzas) with the title Freigeisterei der Leidenschaft in his Thalia 1787; see below.

1 Schubert: "fordre"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El combat", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De strijd", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The struggle", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le combat", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La battaglia", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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