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Bald gras ich am Neckar, bald gras ich...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Bald gras1 ich am Neckar, bald gras ich am Rhein;
Bald hab' ich ein Schätzel, bald bin ich allein!
Was hilft mir das Grasen, wenn d' Sichel nicht schneid't!
Was hilft mir ein Schätzel, wenn's bei mir nicht bleibt.

So soll ich denn grasen am Neckar, am Rhein,
So werf ich mein goldenes Ringlein hinein.
Es fließet im Neckar und fließet im Rhein,
Soll schwimmen hinunter ins Meer tief hinein.

Und schwimmt es, das Ringlein, so frißt es ein Fisch!
Das Fischlein tät kommen auf's König sein Tisch!
Der König tät fragen, wem's Ringlein sollt sein?
Da tät mein Schatz sagen: das Ringlein g'hört mein.

Mein Schätzlein tät springen bergauf und bergein,
Tät mir wiedrum bringen das Goldringlein mein!
Kannst grasen am Neckar, kannst grasen am Rhein,
Wirf du mir nur immer dein Ringlein hinein!

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA ITA SPA

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1 note: 'grasen' used to be a metaphor or euphemism for 'to have an amorous adventure'.

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Petite légende du Rhin", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Piccola leggenda del Reno", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Piccola leggenda del Reno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "La leyenda del Rin", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Now I reap by the Neckar, now I reap by...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Now I reap by the Neckar, now I reap by the Rhine; 
Now I have a sweetheart, now I am alone!
What use is my reaping if the sickle doesn't cut?
What use is a sweetheart if she won't stay?

So if I am to reap by the Neckar and by the Rhine,
then I'll throw in my golden ring.
It will flow with the Neckar and the Rhine,
And float right down into the deep sea.

And as it floats, the little ring, a fish will eat it!
The fish will eventually come to the King's table!
The king will ask whose ring it is,
and my sweetheart will say: "The ring belongs to me."

My sweetheart will hurry up hill and down hill,
and bring me back my ring!
"You can reap by the Neckar, and reap by the Rhine
if you will always throw your ring in for me!"

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Translation of title "Rheinlegendchen" = "Rhine legend"


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