Translation © by Laura Prichard

Der Reiter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Der Reiter spreitet seinen Mantel aus,
Wohl in das grüne Gras:
Da leg dich, du wackres Braunmägdelein,
Mach dir dein Haupt nicht naß,
Wohl in dem grünen Gras!

Was soll ich bei dir sitzen,
Ich hab gar gringes Gut!
Hab zwei schwarzbraune Augen,
Ist all mein Hab und Gut,
Ist all mein Hab und Gut.

Mein Liebster ist hereingestiegen
Wohl durchs Kammerfensterlein,
Ich hatt ihn nicht gerufen,
Konnt ihn nicht halten ein,
Konnt ihn nicht halten ein.

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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):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , title 1: "Il cavaliere", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le cavalier", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De ruiter", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "The cavalryman", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:54
Line count: 15
Word count: 77

The cavalryman
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The calvaryman spreads his cape out,
Covering the green grass:
“Come lie down, you brave little brunette,
Don’t get your head wet,
On the green grass!” 

“Why should I sit with you,
I have very little to offer!
I’ve two dark-brown eyes,
And that’s all I possess,
And that’s all I possess.”

My sweetheart climbed right in
Through my bedroom window,
I hadn’t invited him in,
I couldn’t stop him,
I couldn’t stop him.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2016-10-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-10-22 10:40:40
Line count: 15
Word count: 74