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Der Förster ging zu Fest und Schmaus!"

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Der Förster ging zu Fest und Schmaus!"
Der Wildschütz zieht in den Wald hinaus.

Es schläft sein Weib mit dem Kind allein,
Es scheint der Mond in's Kämmerlein.

Und wie er scheint auf die weiße Wand,
Da faßt das Kind der Mutter Hand.

"Ach, Mutter, wo bleibt der Vater so lang',
Mir wird so weh, mir wird so bang!"

"Kind, sieh nicht in den Mondenschein,
Schließ' deine [Augen und schlafe ein]1."

Der Mondschein zieht die Wand entlang,
Er [scheint wohl auf die]2 Büchse blank.

"Ach Mutter, und hörst den Schuß du nicht?
Das war des Vaters Büchse nicht!"

"Kind, sieh nicht in den Mondenschein,
Das war ein Traum, schlaf ruhig ein."

Der Mond scheint tief in's Kämmerlein
Auf des Vaters Bild mit blassem Schein.

"Herr Jesus Christus im Himmelreich!
O Mutter, der Vater ist todtenbleich!"

Und wie die Mutter vom Schlummer erwacht,
Da haben sie todt ihn [hereingebracht]3.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Marschner : "Augen, schlaf' doch ein"
2 Marschner : "schimmert auf der"
3 Marschner: "heimgebracht"

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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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "A walk in the moonlight", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-02-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20

Line count: 22
Word count: 148

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