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Der Schreckenberger

Language: German (Deutsch)

Aufs Wohlsein meiner Dame,
eine Windfahn' ist ihr Panier,
Fortuna ist ihr Name,
das Lager ihr Quartier!

Und wendet sie sich weiter, 
ich kümmre mich nicht drum,
da draußen ohne Reiter,
da geht die Welt so dumm.

Statt Pulverblitz und Knattern
aus jedem wüsten Haus
Gevattern sehn und schnattern
alle Lust zum Land hinaus.

Fortuna weint vor Ärger, 
es rinnet Perl' auf Perl';
»Wo ist der Schreckenberger?
Das war ein andrer Kerl!«

Sie tut den Arm mir reichen,
Fama bläst das Geleit,
so zu dem Tempel steigen
wir der Unsterblichkeit.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The swashbuckler", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "L'intrepido", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le fier-à-bras", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "El perdonavides", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Le soudard", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The swashbuckler

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 A toast to my lady,
 A weathervane is her banner,
 Fortune is her name,
 and the camp is her quarters!
 And if she goes somewhere else,
 I will not trouble myself over it;
 without cavalrymen,
 the world is a boring place.
 Instead of powder shot and crackling muskets,
 outside each deserted house
 you see gossips chattering; 
 there's no joy in such a land.
 Fortune weeps with annoyance:
 tears like pearls run down;
 "Where is my swashbuckler?
 He was a different kind of man!"
 She reaches her arm to me
 and accompanying Fame trumpets;
 and so we ascend to the temple
 of immortality.

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

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