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Schlage die Trommel und fürchte dich...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schlage die Trommel und fürchte dich nicht, 
und küsse die Marketenderin! 
Das ist die ganze Wissenschaft, 
das ist der Bücher tiefster Sinn. 

Trommle die Leute aus dem Schlaf, 
trommle Reveille mit Jugendkraft, 
marschiere trommelnd immer voran, 
das ist die ganze Wissenschaft. 

Das ist die Hegelsche Philosophie, 
das ist der Bücher tiefster Sinn! 
Ich habe sie begriffen, weil ich gescheit, 
und weil ich ein guter Tambour bin.

Translation(s): ENG

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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 [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "Doctrine", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32

Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Drum up your courage and don't be afraid;
A kiss for the wench with goods to sell!
That is what learning's all about,
That's what the deepest textbooks tell.

Drum all the people from their sleep,
Use all your vigor to drum them out,
And lead the vanguard beating your drum:
That is what learning's all about.

That is what Hegel's philosophy means,
That's what the deepest textbooks tell!
I've found out the secret, smart as you like,
Because I can beat a drum so well.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Peter Palmer, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Doktrin", appears in Neue Gedichte, in Zeitgedichte, no. 1
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Victor Emanuel Bendix, David Leonard Blake, Reiner Bredemeyer, Max Brod, Paul Dessau, Moritz Eggert, Gerald M. Ginsburg, Peter Janssens, Attila Cornelius Zoller. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-06-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:15

Line count: 12
Word count: 86