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Herrgott, weißt du, was du tatest (Waldemar)

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Danish (Dansk)

Waldemar:
 Herrgott, weißt du, was du tatest,
 als klein Tove mir verstarb?
 Triebst mich aus der letzten Freistatt,
 die ich meinem Glück erwarb!
 Herr, du solltest wohl erröten:
 Bettlers einz'ges Lamm zu töten!
 Herrgott, ich bin auch ein Herrscher,
 und es ist mein Herrscherglauben:
 Meinem Untertanen darf ich nie
 die letzte Leuchte rauben.
 Falsche Wege schlägst du ein:
 Das heißt wohl Tyrann, nicht Herrscher sein!
 Herrgott, deine Engelscharen
 singen stets nur deinen Preis,
 doch dir wäre mehr vonnöten
 einer, der zu tadeln weiß.
 Und wer mag solches wagen?
 Laß mich, Herr, die Kappe deines Hofnarrn tragen!


Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title unknown, copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title unknown, copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2013-08-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:18
Line count: 19
Word count: 96

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Seigneur Dieu, sais‑tu ce que tu as fait

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

Waldemar:
Seigneur Dieu, sais-tu ce que tu as fait
en faisant mourir ma petite Tove ?
Tu m'as chassé de mon dernier asile,
que j'avais conquis pour mon bonheur !
Seigneur, tu devrais bien rougir :
Tuer le seul agneau d'un mendiant !
Seigneur Dieu, je suis aussi un souverain,
et en tant que souverain, je crois
que je ne dois pas ravir à mes sujets
leur dernière lumière.
Tu t'engages dans un mauvais chemin :
et c'est celui d'un tyran, pas d'un souverain !
Seigneur Dieu la cohorte de tes anges
chante sans cesse ta gloire,
mais il te serait plus que nécessaire
que quelqu'un sache te réprimander.
Et qui pourrait oser cela ?
Seigneur, laisse-moi porter le chapeau de ton bouffon !


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Text added to the website: 2013-08-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:18
Line count: 19
Word count: 124