by (Karl) Theodor Körner (1791 - 1813)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Trinklied vor der Schlacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
    Schlacht, du brichst an!
Grüßt sie in freudigem Kreise,
Laut nach germanischer Weise.
     Brüder heran!

     Noch perlt der Wein;
Eh' die Posaunen erdröhnen,
Laßt uns das Leben versöhnen.
     Brüder schenkt ein!

     Gott Vater hört,
Was an des Grabes Thoren
Vaterlands Söhne geschworen.
      Brüder, ihr schwört!

     Vaterlands Hort,
Woll'n wir's aus glühenden Ketten
Todt oder siegend erretten. -
     Handschlag und Wort!

     Hört ihr sie nahn!
Liebe und Freuden und Leiden,
Tod! du kannst uns nicht scheiden!
     Brüder stoßt an!

     Schlacht ruft! hinaus!
Horch, die Trompeten werben.
Vorwärts auf Leben und Sterben!
     Brüder trinkt aus!

J. Lang sets stanza 1

Confirmed with Leyer und Schwerdt von Theodor Körner Lieutenant im Lützow'schen Freikorps. Einzig rechtmäßige, von dem Vater des Dichters veranstaltete Ausgabe. Berlin, 1814. In der Nicolaischen Buchhandlung, pages 82-83; and with Theodor Körner's Gedichte. [Erster Theil.] Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 161-162.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Brindis abans de la batalla", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Drinklied vóór de slag", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Drinking song before battle", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chanson à boire avant la bataille", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2007-09-27
Line count: 24
Word count: 94

Drinking song before battle
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
     Battle, you are commencing!
Greet them in the joyful circle,
Loudly, according to the Germanic custom.
     Comrades, step forward!

     The wine is still bubbling;
Before the trombones blast forth,
Let us reconcile life,
     Comrades, pour out [the wine]!

     God Father hears
That which at the gates of the grave
The sons of the fatherland have sworn.
     Comrades, you swear it!

     The stronghold of the fatherland
From its burning chains we shall rescue,
Dead or victorious. --
    Your hand and your word!

    Do you hear them nearing?
Love and joys and sorrows!
Death! you cannot separate us.
     Drink to that, comrades!

     The battle summons! we’re off!
Hark, the trumpets are calling.
Forward, to life or to death!
    Comrades, drink up!

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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-10
Line count: 24
Word count: 119