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Einen Brief soll ich schreiben

Language: German (Deutsch)

Einen Brief soll ich schreiben
Meinem Schatz in der Fern;
[Sie hat mich gebeten,
Sie]1 hätt's gar zu gern.

Da lauf ich zum Krämer,
Kauf Tint' und Papier
Und schneid mir ein' Feder,
Und sitz nun dahier.

Als wir noch mitsammen 
Uns lustig gemacht,
[Da haben wir nimmer]2
Ans Schreiben gedacht.

[Was hilft mir nun Feder
Und Tint' und Papier!]3
Du weißt, die Gedanken 
Sind allzeit bei dir.

Translation(s): FRE

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M. Reger sets stanzas 1, 3-4
J. Schelb sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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1 Reger, Schelb: "Er hat mir geschrieben,/ er"
2 Reger, Schelb: "Hat sie nicht, hab ich nicht "
3 Reger, Schelb: "Was nützt mir nun Tinte / Und Feder und Papier?"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:51

Line count: 16
Word count: 68

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Je dois écrire une lettre

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

Je dois écrire une lettre
À mon trésor qui est au-loin;
Elle m'en a prié,
Elle l'aimerait tant.

Aussitôt je cours à la boutique
Acheter encre et papier
Et me taille une plume,
Et m'assois ici.

Quand encore ensemble
Nous passions du bon temps,
Nous n'avons jamais
Pensé à écrire.

À quoi me servent à présent plume
Et encre et papier ?
Tu sais que mes pensées
Sont toujours près de toi.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), no title, appears in Im Volkston, no. 2
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Reinhold Becker, Franz Behr, Friedrich Christian August Brenner, Mary Clement, née Mary Wilcken, Anton Deprosse, Heinrich von Eyken, Alban Förster, Robert Fuchs, Martin Grabert, Carl von Grote, Hans Harthan, Carl Hauer, Salomon Jadassohn, Carl Koehl, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Eugenio di Pirani, Louis Rakemann, Max Reger, Josef Schelb, Otto Schmidt, Eduard Schütt, Robert Schwalm, Ernst Hermann Seyffardt, Johannes Zíegler. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-08-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:55

Line count: 16
Word count: 72