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Sie hatten sich Beide so herzlich lieb

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie hatten sich Beide so herzlich lieb,
Spitzbübin war sie, er war ein Dieb.
Wenn [er Schelmenstreiche]1 machte,
[Sie warf sich aufs Bett]2 und lachte.

Der Tag verging in Freud' und Lust,
Des Nachts lag sie an seiner Brust.
Als man ins Gefängnis ihn brachte,
Sie stand am Fenster und lachte.

Er ließ ihr sagen: «O komm zu mir,
Ich sehne mich so sehr nach dir,
Ich rufe nach dir, ich schmachte» --
Sie schüttelt' das Haupt und lachte.

Um Sechse des Morgens ward er gehenkt,
Um Sieben ward er ins Grab gesenkt;
Sie aber schon um Achte
Trank rothen Wein und lachte.

Translation(s): ENG FRE RUS

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Note: in Schreiter's setting, the singer sings laughter after each stanza.
1 Schreiter: "Schelmenstreiche er"
2 Schreiter: "Warf sie auf's Bett sich"

Submitted by John Versmoren


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Palmer) , "A woman", 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

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Word count: 102

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A woman

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

So loving a couple they were at heart,
Pickpocket he, and she was a tart.
When his roguish tricks got dafter
She'd roll on the bed with laughter.

Their days with many joys were blessed,
At night he held her to his chest.
But then he was dragged off to prison:
She watched and voiced her derision.

From jail he begged her: Oh come tonight,
I long for you with all my might,
It's you I so need, my darling --
She shook her fair head, still laughing.

At six in the morning he was stone dead,
At seven he found a gloomier bed;
She, though, one hour thereafter,
Drank ruby wine with laughter.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Ein Weib", appears in Neue Gedichte, in Romanzen, no. 1 RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wolf Biermann, David Leonard Blake, Yehezkel Braun, Don Forsythe, Géza Frid, Gerald M. Ginsburg, A. Kaiser, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Adalbert Laszky, Gerhard Rühm, Winfried Schreiter, Kurt Schwaen, Christian Sinding. Go to the text.


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

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

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