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Lied des Gefangenen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Als meine Großmutter die Lise behext,
da wollten die Leut sie verbrennen.
Schon hatte der Amtmann viel Tinte verkleckst,
doch wollte sie nicht bekennen.

Und als man sie in den Kessel schob,
da schrie sie Mord und Wehe;
und als [sich der schwarze Qualm]1 erhob,
da flog sie als Rab in die Höhe.

Mein schwarzes, gefiedertes Großmütterlein!
O komm mich im Turme besuchen!
Komm, fliege geschwind durchs Gitter herein,
und bringe mir Käse und Kuchen.

Mein schwarzes, gefiedertes Großmütterlein!
O möchtest du nur sorgen,
daß die Muhme nicht auspickt die Augen mein,
wenn ich luftig schwebe morgen.

Translation(s): FRE

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1 Kugler: "der schwarze Qualm sich"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Chanson du prisonnier", 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 10:01:32

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Word count: 97

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Chanson du prisonnier

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

Quand ma grand-mère ensorcela Lise,
Les gens voulurent la faire brûler.
Déjà le magistrat avait répandu beaucoup d'encre,
Mais elle ne voulait rien reconnaître.

Et quand on la jeta dans le chaudron,
Alors de douleur, elle hurla à la mort ;
Et quand une épaisse fumée noire s'éleva,
Elle s'envola dans les airs comme un corbeau.

Ma petite grand-mère, noire et emplumée !
Ô rends-moi visite dans la tour !
Viens, vole vite, entre par la grille,
Et apporte-moi du fromage et du gâteau.

Ma petite grand-mère, noire et emplumée !
Ô puisses-tu juste t'assurer
Que ma tante ne me picore pas les yeux
Demain quand je planerai dans les airs.

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