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Als ich noch ein Knabe war

Language: German (Deutsch)

Als ich noch ein Knabe war,
Sperrte man mich ein;
Und so saß ich manches Jahr
Über mir allein, 
Wie im Mutterleib.

Doch du warst mein Zeitvertreib,
Goldne Phantasie,
Und ich [ward]1 ein warmer Held,
Wie der Prinz Pipi,
Und durchzog die Welt.

Baute manch kristallen Schloß
Und zerstört es auch,
Warf mein blinkendes Geschoß
Drachen durch den Bauch,
Ja, ich war ein Mann!

Ritterlich befreit ich dann
Die Prinzessin Fisch;
Sie war gar zu obligeant,
Führte mich zu Tisch,
Und ich war galant.

Und ihr Kuß war [Himmelsbrod]2,
Glühend wie der Wein.
Ach! Ich liebte fast mich todt!
Rings mit Sonnenschein
War sie emailliert.

Ach wer hat sie mir entführt?
Hielt kein Zauberband
[Ihr verräthrisch]3 Fliehn?
Sagt, wo ist ihr Land?
Wo der Weg dahin?


Translation(s): ENG FRE FRL ITA

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1 Krenek, Schröter (?): "war"
2 Krenek, Wolf: "Götterbrot"; Schröter spells it "Himmelsbrot"
3 Krenek, Schröter, Wolf: "Sie zurück vom schnellen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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: "When I was still a boy", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le nouvel Amadis", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRL Friulian (Ermes Culos) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Il nuovo Amadis", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
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Word count: 126

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When I was still a boy

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When I was still a boy,
they locked me in;
and so I sat for many years
alone with myself,
as I was in my mother's womb.

But you were my diversion,
golden fantasy;
and I [became]1 an ardent hero,
like the Prince Pipi,
and I wandered the world.

I built many a crystal castle
and destroyed some as well;
I threw my glittering javelin
at dragons, through their bellies;
yes, I was a man!

Chivalrously I freed then
the Princess Fish;
she was all too obliging,
and led me to her table,
and I was gallant.

And her kiss was the food of gods,
glowing like the wine.
Ah! I loved her almost to death!
Surrounded with sunshine
she was like enamel.

Alas! who has abducted her?
Did not some magic ribbon
pull her back from her swift flight?
Tell me, where is her land?
Where is the path to it?


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1 for versions with "war", this becomes "was"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Der neue Amadis", written c1770, first published 1775 FRE FRL ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Armin Knab, Ernst Křenek, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Corona Elisabeth Wilhelmine Schröter, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
Line count: 30
Word count: 152