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Der arme Peter wankt vorbei

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der arme Peter wankt vorbei,
Gar langsam, leichenblaß und scheu.
Es bleiben fast, wie sie ihn sehn,
Die Leute auf der Straße stehn.

Die Mädchen flüstern sich ins Ohr:
"Der stieg wohl aus dem Grab hervor?"
Ach nein, ihr lieben Jungfräulein,
Der steigt erst [ins]1 Grab hinein.

Er hat verloren seinen Schatz,
Drum ist das Grab der beste Platz,
Wo er am besten liegen mag
Und schlafen bis zum jüngsten Tag.


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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, zweiundfünfzigste Auflage (52nd edition), Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1882, page 53.

1 Schumann: "in das"

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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)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
  • by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Der arme Peter", op. 53 (Romanzen und Balladen für Singstimme und Klavier (Heft 3)) no. 3 (1840), published 1845 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Whistling

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Arme Peter III -- De arme Peter sjokt voorbij", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Dufresne)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le pauvre Pierre passe en chancelant", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il povero Pietro va avanti con passo incerto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Poor Peter staggers past

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Poor Peter staggers past,
 quite slowly, as pale as a corpse, and shy.
 When they see him, 
 the people in the street almost stop in their tracks.
 Maidens whisper in one another's ears:
 "Surely he has risen from the grave!"
 But no, dear young girls,
 he has not yet climbed into his grave.
 He has lost his love;
 therefore the grave is the best place for him.
 There he might best lie
 and sleep until Judgment Day.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Romanzen, in 4. Der arme Peter, no. 3 DUT FRE ITA SPA FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig Leo Forwerk, Peter Emile Gohr, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Georg Kramm, Franz Krežma, Gustav Langer, Heinrich Lemcke, Franz Mair, Alfred Reisenauer, Albert Rubenson, Robert Schumann, Emil Sjögren, Johan August Söderman. Go to the text.


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