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Schwirrend Tamburin, dich schwing ich

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Spanish (Español)

Schwirrend Tamburin, dich schwing ich,
Doch mein Herz ist weit von hier.

Tamburin, ach könntst du's wissen,
Wie mein Herz von Schmerz zerrissen,
Deine Klänge würden müssen
Weinen um mein Leid mit mir.

Weil das Herz mir will zerspringen,
Laß ich hell die Schellen klingen,
Die Gedanken zu versingen
Aus des Herzens Grunde mir.

Schöne [Herren]1, tief im Herzen
Fühl ich immer neu die Schmerzen,
Wie ein Angstruf ist mein Scherzen,
Denn mein Herz ist weit von hier.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE POR

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1 Sommer: "Herrin"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title unknown, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , title 1: "Tocadora de pandeireta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Het meisje met de tamboerijn", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La joueuse de tambourin", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-04-27.
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Whirring tambourine, I swing you

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Whirring tambourine, I swing you,
But my heart is far from here.

Tambourine, ah, if you could know
How my heart is torn with pain,
Your sounds would have to weep
With me over my sorrow.

Because my heart is bursting,
I let the jingles1 ring out brightly,
To sing away the thoughts
From the depths of my heart.

[Handsome men]2, deep in my heart
I feel the pain ever anew,
My jesting is like a cry of fear,
For my heart is far from here.

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Translated titles:
"Die Musikantin" = "The musician"
"Tamburinschlägerin" = "Tambourine player"
"Die Tamburinschlägerin" = "The tambourine player"

1 The metal plates set into the rim of a tambourine
2 "Mistress" (Sommer views the last stanza as an answer by the musical instrument. On the score it is marked "Die Gegenrede des Tamburins ist sehr zart vorzutragen" (The response of the tambourine is to be performed very delicately).


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