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Dein Schwerdt, wie ists von Blut so...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

Dein Schwerdt, wie ists [von]1 Blut so roth?
     [Edward, Edward]2!
Dein Schwerdt, wie ists [von]1 Blut so roth
     Und gehst so traurig da! - O!
Ich hab geschlagen meinen Geyer todt
     Mutter, Mutter!
Ich hab geschlagen meinen Geyer todt,
     Und das, das geht mir nah! - O!

[Dein's]3 Geyers Blut ist nicht so roth!
     Edward, Edward!
[Dein's]3 Geyers Blut ist nicht so roth,
     Mein Sohn, bekenn mir frey! - O!
Ich hab geschlagen mein Rothroß todt!
     Mutter, Mutter!
Ich hab geschlagen mein Rotroß todt!
     [Und's]4 war so stolz und treu! O!

Dein Roß war alt und hasts nicht noth!
     Edward, Edward,
Dein Roß war alt und hasts nicht noth,
     Dich drückt ein [ander]5 Schmerz. O!
Ich hab geschlagen meinen Vater todt,
     Mutter, Mutter!
Ich hab geschlagen meinen Vater todt,
     Und das, das quält mein Herz! O!

Und was wirst du nun an dir thun?
     Edward, Edward!
Und was wirst du nun an dir thun?
     Mein Sohn, [bekenn mir mehr]6! O!
Auf Erden soll mein Fuß nicht ruhn!
     Mutter, Mutter!
Auf Erden soll mein Fuß nicht ruhn!
     Will wandern [über]7 Meer! O!

Und was soll werden dein Hof und Hall,
     Edward, Edward,
Und was soll werden dein Hof und Hall,
     So herrlich [sonst und]8 schön! O!
Ach! immer stehs und sink' und fall,
     Mutter, Mutter!
Ach immer stehs und sink' und fall,
     [Ich werd es nimmer]9 sehn! O!

Und was soll werden [dein]10 Weib und Kind,
     Edward, Edward?
Und was soll werden [dein]10 Weib und Kind,
     [Wann]11 du gehst [über]7 Meer - O!
Die Welt ist groß! laß sie betteln drinn,
     Mutter, Mutter!
Die Welt ist groß! laß sie betteln drinn,
     Ich seh sie nimmermehr! - O!

Und was soll deine Mutter thun?
     Edward, Edward!
Und was soll deine Mutter thun?
     Mein Sohn, das sage mir! O!
Der Fluch der Hölle soll auf Euch ruhn,
     Mutter, Mutter!
Der Fluch der Hölle soll auf Euch ruhn,
     Denn ihr, ihr [riethets]12 mir! O.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried Herder's Von Deutscher Art und Kunst. Einige fliegende Blätter. Hamburg, 1773. Bey Bode, pages 25-27.

Note: This is the first version of Herder's translation of the old Scottish ballad Edward, Edward which he found in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. A later, somewhat different translation has been published by Herder in his Volkslieder in 1779.

1 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "vom"
2 Schubert: "Eduard, Eduard", passim
3 Loewe, Schubert: "Deines"
4 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Und es"
5 Loewe, Schubert: "andrer"
6 Loewe, and Schubert (1862 edition only): "das sage mir"
7 Loewe, Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "übers"
8 Loewe: "sonst, so"
9 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe only), and Herder (1779 edition): "Mag nie es wieder"
10 Loewe: "aus"
11 Schubert: "Wenn"
12 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "rietet es"

Note: Schubert's setting exists in three versions. Version 3 is phrased as a duet (in the last stanza). In addition, it substitutes "weh!" for each "O!", and replaces "Geyer" by "Falke" in stanzas 1 and 2.


Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Based on

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

Set in a modified version by Johannes Brahms, Catharinus Elling.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Una antiga balada escocesa", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Een oude Schotse ballade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , "Edward", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Une ballade écossaise", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-08.
Last modified: 2018-02-23 03:30:09
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Word count: 320

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Edward

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

"Why does your sword drop with such blood,
Edward, Edward?
Why does your sword drop with such blood
And why do you go so sadly there, O?"

"O, I have killed my hawk so good, 
Mother, Mother;
O, I have killed my hawk so good, 
And I had no more but he, O!"

"Your hawk's blood was never so red,
Edward, Edward!
Your hawk's blood was never so red,
My dear son, I tell thee, O!"

"O, I have killed my red-roan steed,
Mother, Mother;
O, I have killed my red-roan steed,
That was once so fair and free, O!"

"Your steed was old, and you have got more,
Edward, Edward!
Your steed was old, and you have got more,
Some other thing troubles you, O!"

"O, I have slain my father dear,
Mother, Mother;
O, I have slain my father dear,
Alas and woe is me, O!"

"And what penance will you do for that,
Edward, Edward?
And what penance will you do for that,
My dear son, now tell me, O!"

"I'll set my feet in yonder boat,
Mother, Mother;
I'll set my feet in yonder boat,
And I'll go over the sea, O."

"And what will you do with your towers and your house,
Edward, Edward?
And what will you do with your towers and your house
That were so fair to see, O?"

"I'll let them stand till they fall down,
Mother, Mother;
I'll let them stand till they fall down,
For here never more may I be, O."

"And what will you leave to your children and wife,
Edward, Edward?
And what will you leave to your children and wife,
When you go over the sea, O?"

"The world has room, let them beg through life,
Mother, Mother;
The world has room, let them beg through life,
For them never more will I see, O."

"And what will you leave to your mother dear,
Edward, Edward?
And what will you leave to your mother dear,
My dear son, now tell me, O!"

"The curse of hell from me shall ye bear,
Mother, Mother;
The curse of hell from me shall ye bear,
For the counsel ye gave to me, O!"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803), no title, first published 1773 CAT DUT FRE GER GER RUS SCO
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josef Labor, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Franz Peter Schubert, Karl Sigmund Freiherr von Seckendorff, Josef Antonín Štěpán. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2010-10-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:04
Line count: 56
Word count: 365