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Mein Schatz, der ist auf die...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mein Schatz, [der]1 ist auf die Wanderschaft hin,
Ich weiß aber nicht, was ich so traurig bin;
Vielleicht ist er tot und liegt in guter Ruh,
Drum bring ich meine Zeit so traurig zu.

Als ich mit meinem Schatz in die Kirche wollt gehn,
Viel falsche, falsche Zungen unter der Türe stehn;
Die eine red't dies, die andere red't das,
Das macht mir gar oft die Äuglein naß.

Die Disteln und die Dornen, die stechen all so sehr,
Die falschen, falschen Zungen aber noch viel mehr.
Kein Feuer auf Erden, ach, brennet also heiß
Als die heimliche Liebe, [die]2 niemand nicht weiß.

Ach, herzliebster Schatz, ich bitte [dich]2 noch eins:
Du [möchtest]3 auch bei meinem Begräbnis sein,
Bei meinem Begräbnis [bis] ins kühle Grab,
Dieweil ich dich so treulich geliebet hab.

Ach Gott, was hat mein Vater und Mutter getan,
sie haben mich gezwungen zu einem ehrlichen Mann,
zu einem ehrlichen Mann, den ich nicht geliebt,
das macht mir ja mein Herz so betrübt.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE

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J. Brahms sets stanzas 1-4

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1 omitted by Brahms, Gade, and Metzdorff. (Further changes for Metzdorff may exist not shown above.)
2 omitted by Brahms.
3 sometimes "wollest"

Submitted by John Glenn Paton [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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Secret Love's Pain", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Salaisen rakkauden tuska", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-06-19.
Last modified: 2015-12-14 14:00:59
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Word count: 164

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Secret Love's Pain

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My darling has gone wandering,
but I do not know why I am so sad;
perhaps he is dead and lies resting well,
that's why I spend my time being so sad.

When I wanted to go to the church (get married) with my darling,
many lying, lying tongues were around the door;
one said this, the other said that,
which brings tears to my eyes pretty often.

Thistles and thorns, they prick so badly,
but lying tongues prick even much worse.
No fire on earth burns as hot
as secret love that no one knows about.

Ah, dearest darling, I just ask you for one thing:
you should be at my burial,
at my burial in the cool grave,
because I loved you so truly.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , appears in Des Knaben Wunderhorn, first published 1808 DUT FIN FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Otto Dresel, Gustav Eggers, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Julius Lammers, Richard Metzdorff, Friedrich Siebmann, Friedrich Silcher, Carl Maria von Weber. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-06-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07
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Word count: 126