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Sie hatten sich Beide so herzlich lieb

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie hatten sich Beide so herzlich lieb,
Spitzbübin war sie, er war ein Dieb.
Wenn [er Schelmenstreiche]1 machte,
[Sie warf sich aufs Bett]2 und lachte.

Der Tag verging in Freud' und Lust,
Des Nachts lag sie an seiner Brust.
Als man ins Gefängnis ihn brachte,
Sie stand am Fenster und lachte.

Er ließ ihr sagen: «O komm zu mir,
Ich sehne mich so sehr nach dir,
Ich rufe nach dir, ich schmachte» --
Sie schüttelt' das Haupt und lachte.

Um Sechse des Morgens ward er gehenkt,
Um Sieben ward er ins Grab gesenkt;
Sie aber schon um Achte
Trank rothen Wein und lachte.

Translation(s): ENG FRE RUS

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Note: in Schreiter's setting, the singer sings laughter after each stanza.
1 Schreiter: "Schelmenstreiche er"
2 Schreiter: "Warf sie auf's Bett sich"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "A woman", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32

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Её в грязи он подобрал;

Language: Russian (Русский) after the German (Deutsch)

Её в грязи он подобрал;
Чтоб всё достать ей - красть он стал;
Она в довольстве утопала
И над безумцем хохотала.

И шли пиры... но дни текли -
Вот утром раз за ним пришли:
Ведут в тюрьму... Она стояла
Перед окном и - хохотала.

Он из тюрьмы её молил:
«Я без тебя душой изныл,
Приди ко мне!» -- Она качала
Лишь головой и - хохотала.

Он в шесть поутру был казнен
И в семь во рву похоронен, -
А уж к восьми она плясала,
Пила вино и хохотала.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Ein Weib", appears in Neue Gedichte, in Romanzen, no. 1 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wolf Biermann, David Leonard Blake, Yehezkel Braun, Don Forsythe, Géza Frid, Gerald M. Ginsburg, A. Kaiser, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Adalbert Laszky, Gerhard Rühm, Winfried Schreiter, Kurt Schwaen, Christian Sinding. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59

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