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Nach Frankreich zogen zwei Grenadier'

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nach Frankreich zogen zwei Grenadier',
Die waren in Rußland gefangen.
Und als sie kamen ins deutsche Quartier, 
Sie ließen die Köpfe hangen.

Da hörten sie beide die traurige Mär:
Daß Frankreich verloren gegangen,
Besiegt und geschlagen das [tapfere]1 Heer
Und der Kaiser, der Kaiser gefangen.

Da weinten zusammen die Grenadier
Wohl ob der kläglichen Kunde.
Der eine sprach: »Wie weh wird mir,
Wie brennt meine alte Wunde!«

Der andre sprach: »Das Lied ist aus,
Auch ich möcht mit dir sterben,
Doch hab ich Weib und Kind zu Haus,
Die ohne mich verderben.«

»Was scheert mich Weib, was scheert mich Kind,
Ich trage weit [bess'res]2 Verlangen;
Laß sie betteln gehn, wenn sie hungrig sind -
Mein Kaiser, mein Kaiser gefangen!

Gewähr mir, Bruder, eine Bitt':
Wenn ich jetzt sterben werde,
So nimm meine Leiche nach Frankreich mit,
Begrab' mich in Frankreichs Erde.

Das Ehrenkreuz am roten Band
Sollst du aufs Herz mir legen;
Die Flinte gib mir in die Hand,
Und gürt' mir um den Degen.

So will ich liegen und horchen still,
Wie eine Schildwach, im Grabe,
Bis einst ich höre Kanonengebrüll,
Und wiehernder Rosse Getrabe.

Dann reitet mein Kaiser wohl über mein Grab,
Viel Schwerter klirren und blitzen;
Dann steig ich gewaffnet hervor aus dem Grab -
Den Kaiser, den Kaiser zu schützen!«


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA NOR POR RUS SPA SPA

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In modern orthography, "scheert" is "schert".

1 some editions of Heine : "große"
2 Schumann: "besser"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De beide grenadiers", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "The grenadiers", copyright © 1995, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (E. J. Gravollet)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "I due granatieri", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Arild Bakke) , "De to grenaderene", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Alexandre Trovon) , "Os Dois Granadeiros", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Mikhail Larionovich Mikhailov) , no title
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Eduardo Borja Illescas) , "Los dos granaderos", copyright © 2005, (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 due granatieri

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

In Francia tornavano due granatieri,
che erano stati prigionieri in Russia.
E quando arrivarono al campo tedesco,
rimasero a testa china.

Qui sentirono entrambi la triste notizia,
che la Francia era stata sconfitta,
perduta e battuta la valorosa schiera -
e l'Imperatore, l'Imperatore prigioniero!

E piansero insieme i granatieri,
al doloroso annunzio.
Uno disse: Ahimè, sto male,
mi brucia la mi vecchia ferita!

L'altro disse: E' finita,
anch'io vorrei morire con te,
ma ho moglie un bimbo a casa,
che senza di me sono perduti.

Che mi importa della moglie, che mi importa del bimbo,
io ho un più alto desiderio,
lascia che chiedano l'elemosina, se hanno fame -
l'Imperatore, il mio Imperatore prigioniero!

Compi, fratello, questa mia preghiera:
quando io ora morirò,
porta il mio corpo in Francia,
seppelliscimi in terra di Francia.

La croce d'onore col nastro rosso
mettimela sul cuore;
mettimi in mano il fucile
e cingimi la spada.

Così voglio giacere e stare in ascolto,
come una sentinella, nella tomba,
fin che senta tuono di cannoni
e scalpitio di cavalli.

Allora cavalca l'Imperatore sulla mia tomba,
molte spade stridono e lampeggiano;
ed io sorgerò armato dalla tomba -
per difendere il mio Imperatore!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Die Grenadiere", appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Romanzen, no. 6 DUT ENG FRE FRE NOR POR RUS SPA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walther Brand, Julius Freudenthal, Carl Gollmick, Wilhelm Heiser, Heinrich Lemcke, Leopold Lenz, E. Link, Ladislao de Makray, P. F. C. Matthiessen, Natalie Quiteria, Vicomtesse de Santa, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Friedrich Schneeberger, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn. Go to the text.

 

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