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Es zieht sich eine blutige Spur

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es zieht sich eine [blutige]1 Spur
Durch unser Haus von alters,
Meine Mutter war seine Buhle nur,
Die schöne Lucy Walters.

Am Abend war's, leis wogte das Korn
Sie küssten sich unter der Linde,
Eine Lerche klang und ein Jägerhorn --
Ich bin ein Kind der Sünde.

Meine Mutter hat mir oft erzählt
Von jenes Abends Sonne,
Ihre Lippen sagten: Ich habe gefehlt!
Ihre Augen lachten vor Wonne.

Ein Kind der Sünde, ein Stuartkind,
Es [blitzt]2 wie Beil von Weiten:
Den Weg, den alle geschritten sind,
Ich werd' ihn auch beschreiten.

Das Leben geliebt und die Krone geküßt
Und den Frauen das Herz gegeben
Und den letzten Kuß auf das schwarze Gerüst --
Das ist ein Stuart-Leben !

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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1 Busoni: "blut'ge"
2 Busoni: "glänzt"

Submitted by John H. Campbell


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 (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "Song of Monmouth", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Complainte de James Monmouth", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
Line count: 20
Word count: 116

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Song of Monmouth

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 For ages it seems a bloody track
 has been drawn through this house
 my mother was its only lover,
 the beautiful Lucy Walters.
 It was evening, the wheat wav'd in the breeze
 they kissed beneath the linden
 a lark called and a hunter's-horn.
 I am a child of sin.
 My mother has often told me 
 of that evening's sun, 
 its lips said: "I have fallen."
 Its eyes laughed at the bliss.
 A child of the sin, a Stuart-child, 
 shines like a hatchet from afar.
 The way, that all have stridden, 
 I will also walk.
 The life loved and the crown kissed
 and the women the heart given 
 and the last kiss on the black framework 
 thus is the life of a Stuart!

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
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Word count: 123