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Oben auf des Berges Spitze

Language: German (Deutsch)

Oben auf des Berges Spitze
Liegt das Schloß in Nacht gehüllt;
Doch im Tale leuchten Blitze,
Helle Schwerter klirren wild.

Das sind Brüder, die dort fechten
Grimmen Zweikampf, wutentbrannt.
Sprich, warum die Brüder rechten
Mit dem Schwerte in der Hand?

Gräfin Lauras Augenfunken
Zündeten den Brüderstreit.
Beide glühen liebestrunken
Für die adlig holde Maid.

Welchem aber von den beiden
Wendet sich ihr Herze zu?
Kein Ergrübeln kann's entscheiden -
Schwert heraus, entscheide du!

Und sie fechten kühn verwegen,
Hieb auf Hiebe niederkracht's.
Hütet euch, ihr wilden Degen.
[Böses Blendwerk schleicht des]1 Nachts.

Wehe! Wehe! blut'ge Brüder!
Wehe! Wehe! blut'ges Tal!
Beide Kämpfer stürzen nieder,
Einer in des andern Stahl. -

Viel Jahrhunderte verwehen,
Viel Geschlechter deckt das Grab;
Traurig von des Berges Höhen
Schaut das öde Schloß herab.

Aber nachts, im Talesgrunde,
Wandelt's heimlich, wunderbar;
Wenn da kommt die zwölfte Stunde,
Kämpfet dort das Brüderpaar.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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1 Schumann: "Grausig Blendwerk schleichet"

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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 vijandige broers", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The hostile brothers", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Deux frères", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "I fratelli nemici", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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I fratelli nemici

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Lassù in cima alla montagna
sta il castello nascosto nella notte;
ma a valle balenano lampi,
risuona clangore selvaggio di spade.

Sono fratelli che là combattono
in furioso duello, ardenti d'odio.
Ma parla, perché mai i fratelli
brandiscono la spada?

I begli occhi di Madonna Laura
accesero la lotta fratricida;
entrambi ardevano ebbri d'amore
per la soave nobile fanciulla.

Ma a quale dei due
si sarebbe rivolto il suo cuore?
Nessun accordo può decidere, -
fuori la spada, decidi tu!

E combattono fieri e coraggiosi,
rimbomba colpo su colpo.
In guardia, spade tremende,
maligna illusione porta la notte

Ahimè! Ahimè! Fratelli sanguinari!
Ahimè! Ahimè! Valle sanguinosa!
Tutti e due i combattenti cadono,
ciascuno sulla spada dell'altro. -

Molti secoli sono passati,
molte generazioni copre la tomba;
triste dall'alto della montagna
guarda giù lo squallido castello.

Ma di notte, nel fondo della valle,
appare quacosa di misterioso, di fantastico:
quando viene la dodicesima ora,
là combattono ancora i due fratelli.

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