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Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Schleppe will ich dir tragen,
Ich will [deinem Wink]1 mich weihn,
An Festen und hohen Tagen
Sollst du meine [Königin]2 sein!
Deiner Launen [geheimste und kühnste]3
Gehorsam erfüll ich dir;
Doch leid ich in diesem Dienste
Keinen andern neben mir.
Solang ich dir diene in Ehren,
Gehöret dein Lächeln mein;
Deinen Hofstaat will ich vermehren;
Doch der Erste will ich sein.

Translation(s): FRE

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1 Decker: "deinen Dienst"
2 Decker: "Kön'gin"
3 Decker: "geheimste, kühnste"

Submitted by Harry Joelson


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Service d'une Dame", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-01-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

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Service d'une Dame

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Je veux porter ta traîne ;
Je veux me consacrer à tes ordres,
Les jours de fête et de réjouissances
Tu devras être ma reine !

Tes caprices les plus secrets et les plus hardis,
Je les satisferai avec obéissance ;
Mais à ce service je ne souffrirai
Personne d'autre autour de moi.

Aussi longtemps que je te servirai avec respect,
Ton sourire m'appartiendra ;
J'étendrai ta cour,
Mais je veux être le premier.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), "Damendienst"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Pauline von Decker. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-07-31.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:54
Line count: 12
Word count: 74