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Language: German (Deutsch)

Frisch auf, ihr Jäger frei und flink!
   Die Büchse von der Wand!
Der Muthige bekämpft die Welt!
Frisch auf den Feind! [Frisch in das Feld!]1
   Fürs deutsche Vaterland!

Aus Westen, Norden, Süd und Ost
   Treibt uns der Rache Strahl.
Vom Oderflusse, Weser, Main,
Vom Elbstrom und vom Vater Rhein
   Und aus dem Donauthal.

Doch Brüder sind wir [allzusammen]2,
   Und das schwellt unsern Muth.
Uns knüpft der Sprache heilig Band,
Uns knüpft  e i n  Gott,  e i n  Vaterland,
   E i n  treues deutsches Blut.

Nicht zum Erobern zogen wir
   Vom väterlichen Heerd,
Die schändlichste Tyrannenmacht
Bekämpfen wir in freud’ger Schlacht,
   Das ist des Blutes werth.

Ihr aber, die uns treu geliebt,
   Der Herr sey euer Schild,
Bezahlen wir's mit unserm Blut,
Denn Freiheit ist das höchste Gut,
   Ob's tausend Leben gilt.

Drum [muntre Jäger, frei und flink]3,
   Wie auch das Liebchen weint,
Gott hilft uns im gerechten Krieg!
Frisch in den Kampf! - Tod oder Sieg!
   Frisch, Brüder, auf den Feind!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6
J. Lang sets stanza 1
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Leyer und Schwerdt von Theodor Körner Lieutenant im Lützow'schen Freikorps. Einzig rechtmäßige, von dem Vater des Dichters veranstaltete Ausgabe. Berlin, 1814. In der Nicolaischen Buchhandlung, pages 43-44; with Theodor Körner's Gedichte. [Erster Theil.] Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 130-132; and with Zwölf freie deutsche Gedichte von Theodor Körner Nebst einem Anhang. 1813, pages 7-8.

1 In the Mendelssohn arrangement, these words are replaced with a repetition of "Frisch auf den Feind!"
2 Körner (1813 edition): "allzusamm'"
3 Körner (1813 edition): "wackre Jäger, flink und frey"; Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "wackre Jäger, frei und flink"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó dels caçadors", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jagerslied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Song of the hunters", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de chasse", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-09-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-06-23 07:46:02

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