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Pfeift der Sturm?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Pfeift der Sturm?
Keift ein Wurm?
hoch vom Turm?


Es war des Galgenstrickes 
Ende, welches ächzte,
so als ob 
im Galopp 
eine müdgehetzte Mähre
nach dem nächsten Brunnen lechzte,
(der vielleicht noch ferne wäre).

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "No!", copyright © 2005
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title 1: "No!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 38

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Does the storm whistle?
Does a little mite nag?
Do the hoots 
of owls 
resound from high in the tower?


It is the end of the gallows' 
thick noose,
as if it were 
in the middle of a gallop,
an exhausted mare, parched with thirst,
headed toward the nearest trough
(which might be quite far away).

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Nein!", appears in Galgenlieder
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Richard Farber, Ralf Albert Franz, Sofia Gubaidulina, Peter Korff, Hans Krása, Siegfried Strohbach, Ernest Vietor, Henri Zagwijn. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-09-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:15
Line count: 14
Word count: 58