Chants tziganes

Translations © by Guy Laffaille

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Word count: 666
Original language: Zigeunerlieder
1. He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein![sung text checked 1 time]
He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein!
Spiel das Lied vom ungetreuen Mägdelein!
Laß die Saiten weinen, klagen, traurig bange,
Bis die heiße Träne netzet diese Wange!

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Ho there, Gypsy! Strike resoundingly each string!", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Suvvia, zingaro, pizzica le corde!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
1.
Hé, tzigane ! Fais résonner les cordes !
Joue le chant de la jeune fille infidèle !
Que les cordes pleurent, gémissent, d'angoisse attristée,
Jusqu'à ce que les larmes brûlantes baignent ces joues !

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2. Hochgetürmte Rimaflut[sung text checked 1 time]
Hochgetürmte Rimaflut,
Wie bist du so trüb;
An dem Ufer klag ich
Laut nach dir, mein Lieb!

Wellen fliehen, Wellen strömen,
Rauschen an dem Strand heran zu mir.
An dem Rimaufer laß mich
Ewig weinen nach ihr!

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  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "High and towering river Rima", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Flutti del Rima che alti vi ammucchiate", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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2.
Flot de la Rima qui se dresse haut,
Comme tu es trouble ;
Sur ta rive je gémis
Tout fort après toi, mon amour !

Les vagues fuient, les vagues coulent à grand flot,
Elles rugissent jusqu'à la plage vers moi.
Sur la rive de la Rima laissez-moi
Éternellement pleurer sur elle !

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3. Wißt ihr, wenn mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist?[sung text checked 1 time]
Wißt ihr, [wenn]1 mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist?
Wenn ihr süßes Mündchen scherzt und lacht und küßt. 
Mägdelein, du bist mein, inniglich küß ich dich,
Dich erschuf der liebe Himmel einzig nur für mich!

Wißt ihr, [wenn]1 mein Liebster am besten mir gefällt?
Wenn in seinen Armen er mich umschlungen hält.
Schätzelein, du bist mein, inniglich küß ich dich,
Dich erschuf der liebe Himmel einzig nur für mich!

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  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Know ye, when my loved one is fairest of all this?", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sapete voi quando è più bella l'amata mia?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
3.
Savez-vous, quand mon petit enfant est le plus beau de tous ?
Quand sa douce petite bouche badine et rit et embrasse.
Ma petite fille, tu es à moi, je t'embrasse ardemment,
Toi que le cher ciel n'as créée que pour moi !

Savez-vous, quand mon amour me plaît le plus ?
Quand dans ses bras il me tient serrée.
Petit trésor, tu es à moi, je t'embrasse ardemment,
Toi que le cher ciel n'as créé que pour moi !

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4. Lieber Gott, du weißt, wie oft bereut ich hab[sung text checked 1 time]
Lieber Gott, du weißt, wie oft bereut ich hab,
Daß ich meinem Liebsten einst ein Küßchen gab.
Herz gebot, daß ich ihn küssen muß,
Denk, solang ich leb, an diesen ersten Kuß.

Lieber Gott, du weißt, wie oft in stiller Nacht
Ich in Lust und Leid an meinen Schatz gedacht.
Lieb ist süß, wenn bitter auch die Reu,
Armes Herze bleibt ihm ewig, ewig treu.

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  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Dear God, Thou know'st how oft I've rued this", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Buon Dio, sai bene quante volte mi sono pentita", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
4.
Cher Dieu, tu sais combien souvent je me suis repentie,
D'avoir donné à mon bien-aimé une fois un baiser.
Le cœur a commandé que je devais l'embrasser,
Je penserai, aussi longtemps que je vivrais, à ce premier baiser.

Cher Dieu, tu sais combien souvent dans la nuit silencieuse
Dans la joie et la peine j'ai pensé à mon trésor.
L'amour est doux bien qu'amer soit le repentir,
Mon pauvre cœur restera toujours à lui, toujours à lui.

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5. Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze[sung text checked 1 time]
Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
Sein blauäugig schönes Kind;
Schlägt die Sporen keck zusammen,
Csardasmelodie beginnt.

Küßt und herzt sein süßes Täubchen,
Dreht sie, führt sie, jauchzt und springt;
Wirft drei blanke Silbergulden
Auf das Zimbal, daß es klingt.

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  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Brown the lad, blue-eyed the lassie", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il bruno giovanotto porta a danzare", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
5.
Le garçon brun conduit à la danse
Sa belle amie aux yeux bleues ;
Il fait claquer hardiment ensemble les éperons,
L'air de la csardas commence.

Il embrasse et presse sur son cœur sa douce colombe,
Il la fait tourner, l'entraîne, il jubile et bondit ;
Il lance trois florins d'argent brillants
Sur la cymbale pour qu'elle résonne.

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6. Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot[sung text checked 1 time]
Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot,
Daß der Bursch zum Mädel gehe, ist kein Verbot!
Lieber Gott, wenn das verboten wär,
Ständ die schöne weite Welt schon längst nicht mehr;
Ledig bleiben Sünde wär!

Schönstes Städtchen in Alföld ist Ketschkemet,
Dort gibt es gar viele Mädchen schmuck und nett!
Freunde, sucht euch dort ein Bräutchen aus,
Freit um ihre Hand und gründet euer Haus,
Freudenbecher leeret aus.

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Tre rosse roselline sono fiorite insieme", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
6.
Trois petites roses dans la rangée fleurissent si rouge,
Que le garçon aille avec une fille n'est pas défendu !
Ô cher Dieu, si c'était défendu,
Le beau et vaste monde ne serait déjà plus là ;
Rester célibataire serait un péché !

Le plus beau village de l'Alföld est Ketschemete,
Là vivent de nombreuses filles jolies et gentilles !
Amis, allez-y pour choisir une fiancée,
Demandez sa main et bâtissez votre maison,
Videz les coupes de joie.

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7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, mein süßes Lieb[sung text checked 1 time]
Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, mein süßes Lieb,
Was du einst mit heil'gem Eide mir gelobt?
Täusch mich nicht, verlaß mich nicht,
Du weißt nicht, wie lieb ich dich hab,
Lieb du mich, wie ich dich,
Dann strömt Gottes Huld auf dich herab!

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  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Art thou thinking often now, sweetheart, my love", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Mio dolce amore, ti rammenti a volte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
7.
Est-ce que parfois il te vient à l'esprit, mon doux amour,
Quel serment sacré une fois tu m'as fait ?
Ne me trompe pas, ne me quitte pas,
Tu ne sais pas combien je t'aime,
Aime-moi comme je t'aime,
Alors la grâce de Dieu se répandra sur toi !

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8. Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht[sung text checked 1 time]
Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht;
süßes Lieb, wir müssen Scheiden: gute Nacht.
Ach wie gern in deinen Armen ruhte ich,
doch die Trennungsstunde naht, Gott schütze dich.

Dunkel ist die Nacht, kein Sternlein spendet Licht;
süßes Lieb vertrau auf Gott und weine nicht;
führt der liebe Gott mich einst zu dir zurück,
bleiben ewig wir vereint in Liebesglück.

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
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Écoute, le vent gémit dans les branches tristement et doucement ;
Doux amour, nous devons nous séparer : bonne nuit.
Ah, comme je reposais volontiers dans tes bras,
Mais l'heure de la séparation approche, Dieu te protège.

Sombre est la nuit, aucune petite étoile ne donne de lumière ;
Doux amour, fais confiance à Dieu et ne pleure pas ;
Le bon Dieu me ramènera un jour vers toi,
Nous resterons unis pour toujours dans la joie de l'amour.

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9. Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an[sung text checked 1 time]
Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an,
und wenn sie mich hassen, was liegt mir dran?
Nur mein Schatz der soll mich lieben allezeit,
soll mich küssen, umarmen und herzen in Ewigkeit.

Kein Stern blickt in finsterer Nacht;
keine Blum mir strahlt in duftiger Pracht.
Deine Augen sind mir Blumen Sternenschein,
die mir leuchten so freundlich, die blühen nur mir allein.

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
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Partout personne ne me regarde,
Et si on me hait, que m'importe ?
Seul mon trésor doit m'aimer toujours,
Doit m'embrasser, m'enlacer et me presser sur son cœur dans l'éternité.

Aucune étoile ne brille dans la nuit sombre ;
Aucune fleur ne resplendit pour moi avec son parfum magnifique.
Tes yeux sont pour moi des fleurs et l'éclat d'étoiles,
Ils brillent pour moi si aimablement, ils fleurissent seulement pour moi.

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10. Mond verhüllt sein Angesicht[sung text checked 1 time]
Mond verhüllt sein Angesicht,
süßes Lieb, ich zürne dir nicht.
Wollt ich zürnend dich betrüben, sprich
wie könnt ich dich dann lieben?

Heiß für dich mein Herz entbrennt,
keine Zunge dir's bekennt.
Bald in Liebesrausch unsinnig,
bald wie Täubchen sanft und innig.

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
10.
La lune voile son visage,
Doux amour, je ne suis pas fâché avec toi.
Si je voulais t'attrister avec ma colère, alors
Comment je pourrais t'aimer ?

Pour toi mon cœur s'enflamme ardemment,
Aucune langue ne peut te l'avouer.
Bientôt fou de l'ivresse de l'amour
Bientôt comme une colombe tendre et chère.

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11. Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament[sung text checked 1 time]
Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament,
Sehnsuchtsvoll nach dir,
Mein Lieb, das Herze brennt,
Himmel strahlt in glühnder Pracht,
Und ich träum bei Tag und Nacht
Nur allein von dem süßen Liebchen mein.

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by Hugo Conrat (1845 - 1906)
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Les nuages rouges du soir traînent dans le firmament,
Plein de désir pour toi,
Mon amour, mon cœur brûle,
Le ciel brille d'éclat magnifique,
Et je rêve nuit et jour
Seulement de mon doux petit amour.

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