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Die Jungfrau schläft in der Kammer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Jungfrau schläft in der Kammer,
der Mond schaut zitternd [hinein]1;
da draußen singt es und klingt es,
wie Walzermelodein.

"Ich will mal schaun aus dem Fenster,
wer drunten stört meine Ruh."
Da steht ein Totengerippe,
und fiedelt und singt dazu:

"Hast einst [mir den Tanz]2 versprochen,
und hast gebrochen dein Wort,
und heut ist Ball auf dem Kirchhof,
komm mit, wir tanzen dort."

Die Jungfrau ergreift es gewaltig,
es lockt sie hervor aus dem Haus;
sie folgt dem Gerippe, das singend
und fiedelnd schreitet voraus.

Es fiedelt und tänzelt und hüpfet,
und klappert mit seinem Gebein,
und nickt und nickt mit dem Schädel
unheimlich im Mondenschein.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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1 Schreiter: "herein"
2 Schreiter: "den Tanz mir"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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