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Was freut einen alten Soldaten?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was freut einen alten Soldaten?
Drei Salven über sein Grab.
Die geben die Kameraden, 
die Musketen werden geladen,
senkt man den Sarg hinab.

Du Bruderherz, den wir tragen,
du freust dich wohl zur Stund;
dass tapfer du einst geschlagen, 
die lauten Musketen es sagen
mit ihrem Eisenmund.

Du Bruderherz, den wir tragen,
bestell mir nun Quartier;
wir haben zusammen geschlagen, 
bald werden sie mich auch tragen,
Kamerad, bald folg ich dir.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Last respects", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Accompagnement", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-08-29 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-07-07 22:55:50

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Word count: 71

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Last respects

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What comforts has a seasoned soldier?
Three-gun salute over his grave,
Paid for by his comrades, 
the muskets get loaded,
As soon as the coffin is lowered.

You brother, as we carry you,
You will be pleased now;
That bravely you fought, 
the muskets' sound tells you
With their iron mouths.

You brother, as we carry you,
Find me quarters for the night;
We fought together, 
soon they will carry me too,
Comrade, soon I will follow you.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl von Lemcke (1831 - 1913) DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Theodor Gaugler, Carl Isenmann, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Heinrich Wurst. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-06-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-07-07 22:56:13

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Word count: 78