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Der Schwur

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Es sprach zu Hänschen Gretchen]1:
"Mein Lieben mich gereut.
Du [scherzt]2 mit allen Mädchen,
Wir sind geschied'ne Leut.
Geh' deines [Weges]3 wieder!
Mein Kuss bleibt dir versagt,
Bis einst der span'sche Flieder
Im Garten Aepfel tragt!"

Das Fenster ward geschlossen,
Den Vorhang zog sie für,
Und Hänschen ging verdrossen
Von seiner Liebsten Thür.
Als Tags darauf er wieder
Den Weg zur Trauten fand,
Sass Gretchen auf dem Flieder,
[Daran]4 sie Aepfel band.

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Rudolf Baumbach, Spielmannslieder , Leipzig: Verlag von A.G. Liebeskind, 1893, page 49.

1 Bohm, Reger: "Zum Hänschen sprach das Gretchen"
2 Bohm, Reger: "scherzest"
3 Bohm, Reger: "Wegs nur"
4 Reger: "Darauf"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Natalie Macfarren)
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The vow", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le serment", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Said Susan Lee to Johnny

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Said Susan Lee to Johnny:
My dear, I grieve to see
Your flirting with ev'ry maiden,
Parted henceforth are we!

No more of love or trusting,
No more we'll plight our vows,
Until yon elder branches
Bear apples on their boughs!

The maiden clos'd her casement,
The curtain drew before,
And Johnny wander'd sadly
Past cruel Susan's door.

But when he pass'd next morning,
The strangest sight he saw,
Fair Susan tying apples
Upon each elder bough.

About the headline (FAQ)

From the Bohm score.

Submitted by Harry Joelson


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rudolph Baumbach (1840 - 1905), "Der Schwur", appears in Spielmannslieder, first published 1883 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Victor Bause, Carl Bohm, Carl Isenmann, Arno Kleffel, Alfred von Lindheim, jun., Erik Meyer-Helmund, Ottomar Neubner, Max Reger, P. Remmorf, Johann Baptist Zerlett. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2010-07-10 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:50
Line count: 16
Word count: 77