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Es zogen zwei rüst'ge Gesellen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es zogen zwei rüst'ge Gesellen
Zum erstenmal von Haus,
So jubelnd recht in die hellen,
[Klingenden]1, singenden Wellen
Des vollen Frühlings hinaus.

Die strebten nach hohen Dingen,
Die wollten, trotz Lust und Schmerz,
Was Recht's in der Welt vollbringen,
Und wem sie vorübergingen,
Dem lachten Sinnen und Herz. --

Der Erste, der fand ein Liebchen,
Die Schwieger kauft' Hof und Haus;
Der wiegte gar bald ein Bübchen,
Und sah aus heimlichen Stübchen
Behaglich in's Feld hinaus.

Dem Zweiten sangen und logen
Die tausend Stimmen im Grund,
Verlockend' Sirenen, und zogen
Ihn in [der buhlenden Wogen
Farbig klingenden Schlund]2.

Und wie er auftaucht vom Schlunde
Da war er müde und alt,
Sein Schifflein das lag im Grunde,
So still war's rings in [die]3 Runde
Und über [die]4 Wasser weht's kalt.

Es [singen und klingen]5 die Wellen
Des Frühlings wohl über mir;
Und seh' ich so kecke Gesellen,
Die Tränen im Auge mir schwellen -
Ach, Gott, führ' uns liebreich zu Dir!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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1 Schumann: "In die klingenden"
2 Schumann: "die buhlenden Wogen,/ In der Wogen farbigen Schlund"
3 Schumann: "der"
4 schumann: "den"
5 Schumann: "klingen und singen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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) , "Op reis in de lente", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les deux compagnons", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Due baldanzosi giovanotti", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Due baldanzosi giovanotti

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

Due baldanzosi giovanotti
uscivano di casa per la prima volta,
così gioiosi incontro al canto
e al suono delle chiare onde
della piena primavera.

Aspiravano ad alti ideali,
volevano, non ostate gioie e dolori,
rendere piena giustizia al mondo,
e quando lo avessero compiuto,
sarebbero stati lieti mente e cuore.

Il primo, trovò una ragazza,
la suocera comprò casa e podere;
prestò lui cullava un bimbo,
e guardava dall'accogliente stanzetta
fuori verso i suoi campi.

Al secondo cantarono ingannevoli
mille voci nel fondo,
sirene allettanti, e lo travolsero
fra le onde della seduzione,
nel vortice variopinto delle onde.

E quando venne fuori dal vortice,
era vecchio e stanco,
la sua barchetta era rimasta nel fondo,
tutto era silenzio intorno,
e sull'acqua spirava un vento freddo.

Cantano e suonano le onde
della primavera intorno a me,
e quando vedo giovani così arditi,
mi vengon ole lacrime agli occhi.
Ah, Dio, guidaci con amore a Te!

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Text added to the website: 2006-06-11 00:00:00.

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