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Die Männer sind mechant!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du sagtest mir es, Mutter:
Er ist ein Springinsfeld!
Ich würd' es dir nicht glauben,
Bis ich mich krank gequält!
Ja, ja, nun ist er's wirklich;
Ich hatt' ihn nur verkannt!
Du sagtest mir's, o Mutter:
»Die Männer sind mechant!«

Vor'm Dorf im Busch, als gestern
Die stille Dämm'rung sank,
Da rauscht' es: »Guten Abend!«
Da rauscht' es: »Schönen Dank!«
Ich schlich hinzu, ich horchte;
Ich stand wie festgebannt:
Er war's mit einer Andern -
»Die Männer sind mechant!«

O Mutter, welche Qualen!
Es muß heraus, es muß! -
Es blieb nicht bloß beim Rauschen,
Es blieb nicht bloß beim Gruß!
Vom Gruße kam's zum Küsse,
Vom Kuß zum Druck der Hand,
Vom Druck, ach liebe Mutter! -
»Die Männer sind mechant!«


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Note: Schubert received Seidl's poem in handwritten form. Seidl did not include it in his poetry editions.

Note: The Schubert complete editions (AGA and NGA) write the word méchant with e-acute, but it has originally been printed mechant and should be pronounced like that (not French) for the sake of the rhyme.


Submitted by David Gordon and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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) , "De mannen zijn een ramp", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Gordon) , "Men are faithless", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les hommes sont méchants", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Gli uomini sono infedeli", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-05-06 03:00:50
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Men are faithless

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Men are faithless, you told me, mother:
He's a young rascal! 
I wouldn't believe you 
Until I had tormented myself sick.
Yes, now I know he really is, 
I'd simply misjudged him. 
You told me, mother: 
'Men are faithless!' 

Yesterday, as dusk fell silently, 
In the grove outside the village 
I heard a whispered 'Good evening!' 
And a whispered 'Many thanks!' 
I crept up and listened, 
Stood there as if transfixed: 
It was he, with another - 
'Men are faithless!'

O mother, what torture! 
It must be said, it must! 
It didn't just stop at whispering, 
It didn't just stop at greetings! 
From greetings it went to kisses,
From kisses to holding hands,
From holding hands . . . ah, dear mother, 
'Men are faithless!'


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

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