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Ich weiß eine alte Kunde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich weiß eine alte Kunde,
Die hallet dumpf und trüb:
Ein Ritter liegt liebeswunde,
Doch treulos ist sein Lieb.

Als treulos muß er verachten
Die eigne Herzliebste sein,
Als schimpflich muß er betrachten
Die eigne Liebespein.

Er möcht in die Schranken reiten
Und rufen die Ritter zum Streit:
"Der mag sich zum [Kampfe]1 bereiten,
Wer mein Lieb eines Makels zeiht!"

Da würden wohl alle schweigen,
Nur nicht sein eigener Schmerz;
Da müßt er die Lanze neigen
[Wider 's]2 eigne [klagende]3 Herz.

Translation(s): FRE RUS

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1 Backer-Grøndahl: "Kampf"
2 Backer-Grøndahl: "wieder's"
3 Backer-Grøndahl: "klagendes" (likely a typo)

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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)

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

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

Last modified: 2019-04-30 08:21:01

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Le chevalier blessé

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

Je connais un vieux récit
Qui a un écho trouble et confus :
Un chevalier gisait, d'amour blessé,
Mais son amour était l'infidèle.

Puisqu'infidèle, il doit mépriser
Le plus grand amour de son propre cœur,
Puisqu'infamante, il doit éprouver
Sa propre peine d'amour.

Il aimerait entrer dans la lice
Et inviter des chevaliers à un assaut:
« Il peut se préparer au combat,
Celui qui accuse mon amour de déshonneur ! »

Alors tous se tairont,
Sauf sa propre douleur :
Il devra alors pointer sa lance
Contre son propre cœur souffrant.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Der wunde Ritter", appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Romanzen, no. 13 RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Felix, Graf Amadei, Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Gerrit Jan van Eijken, Otto Frickhoeffer, Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffmann, Marie Hinrichs, Philipp Jarnach, Sven August Körling, Franz Paul Lachner, August Lindner, Franz Mair, Alberto Nepomuceno, Victor Ernst Nessler, Alfred Reisenauer, C. H. Schmidt, Jules de Swert, Paul Widemann, Gotthard Wöhler. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-12-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:09

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Word count: 92