by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Zigeunerliedchen I
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Unter die Soldaten ist ein Zigeunerbub' gegangen,
Mit dem Handgeld ging er durch, und morgen muß er hangen.

Holten mich aus meinem Kerker, setzten auf den Esel mich,
Geißelten mir meine Schultern, daß das Blut floß auf den Weg.

Holten mich aus meinem Kerker, stießen mich ins Weite fort,
Griff ich rasch nach meiner Büchse, tat auf sie den ersten Schuß.

Note: Schumann's cycle is numbered in different ways in different editions, e.g., the edition edited by Clara Schumann uses 7a and 7b for the two Zigeunerlieder while many other editions use 7 and 8.


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zigeunerliedje I", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Gypsy song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Petit chant tzigane I", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto zigano I", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Petit chant tzigane I
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Parmi les soldats le garçon tzigane est venu
Avec l'argent il s'est enfui, demain il sera pendu.

Ils m'ont tiré de mon cachot, m'ont assis sur une mule,
Ont fouetté mes épaules jusqu'à ce que le sang coule sur le chemin.

Ils m'ont tiré de mon cachot, m'ont poussé au loin,
J'ai vite attrapé mon fusil, j'ai tiré sur eux du premier coup.


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