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Als nachts ich überm Gebirge ritt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Als nachts ich überm Gebirge ritt,
Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen,
Da ritt ein seltsam Klingeln mit,
[Kling, ling]1, klingelalei.

Es war ein schmeichlerisch bittend Getön,2
Es war wie Kinderstimmen schön.3

Mir wars, ich streichelt' ein lindes Haar,2
Mir war so [weh und]4 wunderbar.3

Da schwand das Klingeln mit einemmal,2
Ich sah hinunter ins tiefe Thal.3

[Da]5 sah ich Licht in meinem Haus,
Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen,
Mein Bübchen sah [nach der Mutter aus]6,
[Kling, ling]1, klingelalei.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Hermann: "Klingling"
2 Hermann inserts: "Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen"
3 Hermann inserts: "Klingling, klingelalei"
4 Hermann: "weh, so"
5 Sinding: "Dann"
6 Hermann: "zum Fenster hinaus"

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The song of the young witch", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de la jeune sorcière", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Chanson de la jeune sorcière

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

Je chevauchais de nuit au-dessus des montagnes,
Rack schack, schacke, mon petit cheval,
Soudain une étrange sonnerie nous accompagna,
Klingling, [klingling]1, klingelala. 

C'était une mélodie câline et implorante
Elle était belle comme la voix d'un enfant.

Pour moi c'était comme caresser une douce chevelure,
C'était si douloureux et merveilleux.

Quand la sonnerie disparut tout d'un coup,
Je regardai en-bas, dans la profonde vallée.

[Alors]2 je vis de la lumière dans ma maison,
Rack schack, schacke, mon petit cheval,
Mon petit garçon cherchait des yeux sa mère,
Klingling, [klingling]1, klingelala. 

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1 omis Sinding.
2 Sinding: "Puis"


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