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Der Hans und die Grete tanzen herum

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Hans und die Grete tanzen herum,
Und jauchzen vor lauter Freude.
Der Peter steht so still und [stumm]1,
Und ist so blaß wie Kreide.

Der Hans und die Grete sind Bräut'gam und Braut,
Und blitzen im Hochzeitgeschmeide.
Der arme Peter die Nägel kaut
Und geht im Werkeltagskleide.

Der Peter spricht leise vor sich her,
Und [schaut]2 betrübet auf Beide:
« Ach! wenn ich nicht gar zu vernünftig wär',
Ich [thät']3 mir was zu Leide.»


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

1 Schumann: "so stumm"
2 Schumann: "schauet"
3 Schumann: "thäte"; modernized spelling would be "täte"

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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 I -- Zie, Hans en Margreetje dansen in 't rond", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hans and Grete dance around", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hans et Grete tournent et dansent", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Maurice Dufresne)
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Gianni e Rita danzano in cerchio", 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.

Last modified: 2016-06-30 18:50:02
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Arme Peter I ‑‑  Zie, Hans en Margreetje dansen in 't rond

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Zie, Hans en Margreetje dansen in 't rond,
En juichen bij 't hospartijtje.
Maar Peter staat daar stom als een hond
En ziet zo bleek als een krijtje.
Zie, Hans en zijn Greetje zijn bruigom en bruid,
Hun mooie kostuums imponeren.
De arme Peter bijt nagels en snuit,
En loopt in werkmanskleren.
En Peter praat zachtjes voor zich heen,
En kijkt heel somber naar beiden:
Ach! Hield ik mijn hersens niet goed bijeen,
Dan had ik heel wat te lijden.

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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. 1 ENG FRE ITA SPA FRE ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Peter Emile Gohr, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Georg Kramm, Franz Krežma, Gustav Langer, Heinrich Lemcke, Franz Mair, J. C. Metzger, Alfred Reisenauer, Albert Rubenson, Robert Schumann, Robert Schwalm, Emil Sjögren, Johan August Söderman. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-04-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
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