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Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz,
Da ging mein Trauern an,
Das Alphorn hört' ich drüben wohl anstimmen,
Ins Vaterland mußt ich hinüber schwimmen,
Das ging [nicht]1 an.

Ein [Stunde]2 in der Nacht
Sie haben mich gebracht;
Sie führten mich gleich vor des Hauptmanns Haus,
Ach Gott, sie fischten mich im Strome auf,
Mit mir [ist's]3 aus.

Früh Morgens um zehn Uhr
Stellt man mich [vor das]4 Regiment;
Ich soll da bitten um Pardon,
Und ich bekomm doch meinen Lohn,
Das weiß ich schon.

Ihr Brüder allzumal,
Heut' seht ihr mich zum letztenmal;
Der Hirtenbub ist nur Schuld daran,
Das Alphorn hat [mir solches]5 angetan,
Das klag ich an.

Ihr Brüder alle drei,
Was ich euch bitt, erschießt mich gleich;
Verschont mein junges Leben nicht,
Schießt zu, daß das Blut 'raus spritzt,
Das bitt ich Euch.

O Himmelskönig Herr!
Nimm du meine arme Seele dahin,
Nimm sie zu dir in den Himmel ein,
Laß sie ewig bei dir sein,
Und vergiß nicht mein.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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G. Mahler sets stanzas 1-4

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Confirmed with Achim von Arnim und Clemens Brentano, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Band 1, Stuttgart, 1979, pages 136-137.

At the top of the poem: "Fliegendes Blat."
1 Brahms, Mahler: "ja nicht"
2 Mahler: "Stund' "
3 Mahler: "ist es"
4 Mahler: "vor's"
5 Brahms, Mahler: "mir's"

Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In Strassburg on the rampart", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Strasbourg sur le rempart", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "A Strasburgo sulla trincea", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "En Estrasburgo, en la muralla", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-12-17 13:02:30

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À Strasbourg sur le rempart

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

À Strasbourg sur le rempart,
Là a commencé mon affliction ;
J'ai entendu le cor des Alpes commencer à chanter de l'autre côté,
Je devais nager de l'autre côté vers ma patrie,
Cela ne pouvait pas aller.

À une heure dans la nuit
Ils m'ont ramené ;
Ils m'ont amené aussitôt à la maison du Capitaine,
Ah Dieu, ils m'ont repêché dans le fleuve,
Et tout est fini pour moi.

Le matin suivant à dix heures
On m'amène devant le régiment ;
Là je dois demander pardon,
Et je recevrai ma solde,
Ce que je sais bien.

Vous tous mes frères,
Aujourd'hui vous me verrez pour la dernière fois ;
Le berger est le seul coupable,
Le cor des Alpes l'a fait pour moi,
Je l'accuse.

Vous mes frères, tous les trois,
C'est ce que je vous demande : fusillez-moi tout de suite ;
N'épargnez pas ma jeune vie,
Fusillez-moi, de sorte que le sang jaillisse,
C'est ce que je vous demande.

Ô roi des cieux, Seigneur,
Prends ma pauvre âme,
Prends-la avec toi au ciel,
Laisse-la être avec toi pour toujours
Et ne m'oublie pas !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Der Schweizer", appears in Des Knaben Wunderhorn, earlier title: Der Schweizer (Fliegendes Blatt) DUT ENG ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Banck, Johannes Brahms, Robert Franz, Armin Knab, Gustav Mahler, Julius Joseph Maier, Ferdinand Möhring, Friedrich Silcher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-06-17 00:00:00.

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

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