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Ach, wenn's nur der König auch wüßt'

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, wenn's nur der König auch wüßt',
Wie wacker mein Schätzelein ist!
Für den König, da ließ' er sein Blut,
Für mich aber [ebensogut]1.

Mein Schatz hat kein Band und kein' Stern,
Kein Kreuz wie die vornehmen Herrn,
Mein Schatz wird auch kein General;
Hätt' er nur seinen Abschied einmal!

Es scheinen drei Sterne so hell
Dort über Marien-Kapell;
Da knüpft uns ein rosenrot' Band,
Und ein Hauskreuz ist auch bei der Hand.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE POR RUS

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1 Berg: "auch eben so gut"; Schumann: "eben so gut"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het soldatenmeisje", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Sotilaan morsian", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fiancée du soldat", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Noiva de soldado", 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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Het soldatenmeisje

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

Ach, als ook de koning maar wist
Hoe dapper mijn jongen wel is!
Voor de koning, ja, gaf hij zijn bloed,
Voor mij echter ook net zo goed.
Mijn schat heeft geen streep en geen ster,
Geen kruis op zijn borst of revers,
Mijn schat wordt ook geen generaal;
Was hij weg uit de dienst maar eenmaal!
Er stralen drie sterren zo hel
Daar boven Maria's kapel;
Daar bindt ons een roosrode band,
En ons kruisje hangt daar aan de wand.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Die Soldatenbraut" ENG FIN FRE POR RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Hugo Distler, Robert Emmerich, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Fritz Schieri, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Silcher, Pauline Viardot-García. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-12-05.
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