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Bergkönig ritt durch die Lande weit

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Norwegian (Bokmål)

Bergkönig ritt durch die Lande weit,
So traurig vergeh'n mir die Tage,
Er wollte sich frei'n die schönste Maid,
Ach, enden wird nie meine Klage!
Bergkönig ritt vor Herrn Kakons Tor,
Klein Kirsten strählte ihr Haar davor,
Bergkönig freite das schlanke Weib,
Umfing ihr mit silbernem Gürtel den Leib.
Bergkönig führte sie heim alsdann,
Zehn goldene Ringe steckt er ihr an.
Es kam und schwand wohl Jahr um Jahr,
Im Berge saß Kirsten auf immerdar.
Das Tal hat Vögel und Blumenpracht,
So traurig vergeh'n mir die Tage,
Im Berg ist Gold und ewige Nacht.
Ach, enden wird nie meine Klage!

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown, from Das Fest auf Solhaug ENG FRE by Paul Juon.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ballade, chant de Margit", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-01-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:03
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Word count: 100

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