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Ist auch schmuck nicht mein Rößlein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ist [auch]1 schmuck nicht mein Rößlein,
So ist's doch [recht]1 klug,
Trägt im Finstern zu 'nem Schlößlein
Mich rasch noch genug.

Ist das Schloß auch nicht prächtig:
[Zum Garten aus]2 der Tür
Tritt ein Mädchen doch allnächtig
Dort freundlich herfür.

Und ist auch die Kleine
Nicht die Schönst' auf der Welt,
So giebt's doch just Keine,
Die mir beßer gefällt.

Und spricht sie vom Freien,
So schwing' ich mich auf mein Roß --
Ich bleibe im Freien,
Und sie auf dem Schloß.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA

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1 omitted by B. Walter.
2 B. Walter: "Aus dem Garten vor"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El soldat I", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The soldier", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soldat", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Anche se non è elegante il mio cavallo", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27

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Word count: 81

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The soldier

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Although my horse may not look so handsome,
 he is actually quite clever,
 and will carry me through the dark to a certain little castle
 quickly enough.
 Although the castle is not very splendid,
 out of her door and into the garden 
 steps a maiden who, all night,
 will be friendly to me.
 And although this small girl
 is not the fairest in the world,
 there is still no other
 that I like better.
 But if she speaks of marriage,
 I'll leap onto my horse -
 I'll stay free
 and she'll stay at the castle.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), no title, appears in Gedichte, in 1. Wanderlieder, in Der Soldat, no. 1 CAT FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Eduard Behm, Robert Emmerich, Jan Karol Gall, Georg Haeser, Bernhard Hopffer, Friedrich Niggli, Martin Plüddemann, Hans August Friedrich Zincke genannt Sommer, Bruno Walter, Hugo Wolf, Josef Venantius von Wöss. Go to the text.


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