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Es geht bei gedämpfter Trommel Klang;

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Danish (Dansk)

Es geht bei gedämpfter Trommel Klang;
Wie weit noch die Stätte! der Weg wie lang!
O wär er zur Ruh und alles vorbei!
Ich glaub', es bricht mir das Herz entzwei!

Ich hab' in der Welt nur ihn geliebt,
Nur ihn, dem jetzt man den Tod doch gibt!
Bei klingendem Spiele wird paradiert;
Dazu bin auch ich kommandiert.

Nun schaut er auf zum letzten Mal
In Gottes Sonne freudigen Strahl;
Nun binden sie ihm die Augen zu -
Dir schenke Gott die ewige Ruh!

Es haben [die]1 Neun wohl angelegt;
Acht Kugeln haben vorbeigefegt.
Sie zittern alle vor Jammer und Schmerz -
Ich aber, ich traf ihn mitten [ins]2 Herz.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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1 Schumann: "dann"
2 Schumann: "in das"

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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 soldaat", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "He walks to the sound of a muffled drum", copyright ©

Text added to the website: 2003-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 16
Word count: 110

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He walks to the sound of a muffled drum

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 He walks to the sound of a muffled drum;
 how far the place! - how long the way!
 O if only he were at rest and everything past already!
 I think it will break my heart in two!
 I loved only him in the world -
 only him, whom they are now putting to death!
 To the band they parade;
 for this task I am also ordered.
 Now he gazes for the last time
 up at the joyous sunbeams of God's sun;
 now they blindfold his eyes -
 may God grant you eternal peace!
 The nine then took aim:
 eight bullets shot wide.
 They trembled, all full of misery and pain -
 but I - I shot him right through the heart.

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 16
Word count: 123