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Der Goldschmiedsgesell

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es ist doch meine Nachbarin
Ein allerliebstes Mädchen!
Wie früh ich in der Werkstatt bin,
Blick' ich nach ihrem Lädchen.

Zu Ring' und Kette poch' ich dann
Die feinen goldnen Drätchen.
Ach denk' ich, wann, und wieder, wann,
Ist solch ein Ring für Käthchen?

Und thut sie erst die Schaltern auf,
Da kommt das ganze Städtchen
Und feilscht und wirbt mit hellem Hauf
Um's Allerlei im Lädchen.

Ich feile; wohl zerfeil' ich dann
Auch manches goldne Drätchen.
Der Meister brummt, der harte Mann!
Er merkt, es war das Lädchen.

Und flugs wie nur der Handel still,
Gleich greift sie nach dem Rädchen.
Ich weiß wohl, was sie spinnen will:
Es hofft das liebe Mädchen.

Das kleine Füßchen tritt und tritt:
Da denk' ich mir das Wädchen,
Das Strumpfband denk' ich auch wohl mit,
Ich schenkt's dem lieben Mädchen.

Und nach den Lippen führt der Schatz
Das allerfeinste Fädchen.
O wär ich doch an seinem Platz,
Wie küßt' ich mir das Mädchen!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 4-7

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 37-38; with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1815, pages 35-36; and with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Original-Ausgabe. Wien, 1816. Bey Chr. Kaulfuß und C. Armbruster. Stuttgart. In der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. Gedruckt bey Anton Strauß, pages 37-38.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L’aprenent d’orfebre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De goudsmidsgezel", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The goldsmith's apprentice", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'apprenti de l'orfèvre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il garzone dell'orefice", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-08-26 07:27:28

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Word count: 161

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Il garzone dell'orefice

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Però, la mia vicina è proprio 
una bella ragazza! 
Appena arrivo all'officina, 
guardo subito nella sua bottega. 

Mi metto a martellare per fare un anello, 
una catenina, col finissimo filo d'oro. 
Ah, penso, quando, e ancora 
quando farò questo anellino per Caterinetta? 

Come lei lo indossa 
e apre gli sportelli, 
viene tutto il paese e che folla, 
che confusione di compratori nella bottega.
Io lavoro di lima, 
lavoro tanti fili d'oro. 
Il padrone borbotta, che uomo insensibile! 
Dice, che era solo per la bottega. 

E di corsa, finita la vendita, 
lei torna all'arcolaio. 
Io lo so, che cosa vuole filare: 
la cara fanciulla spera. 

Il suo piedino fa un passetto dopo l'altro; 
io mi immagino il piccolo polpaccio, 
lo penso con la giarrettiera 
e la regalo alla cara fanciulla. 

E alle labbra porta il mio tesoro 
il filo più prezioso. 
Oh, fossi al suo posto, 
come mi bacerei la ragazza!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Der Goldschmiedsgesell", written 1808, first published 1815 CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig Berger, Carl Blum, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Wilhelm Kienzl, Émile Louis Victor Mathieu, Louis Schlottmann, Franz Peter Schubert, Ferdinand Stegmayer, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-10-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:04

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