by Joseph Viktor von Scheffel (1826 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Thüringens Wälder senden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Thüringens Wälder senden
Den Weidmann und den Schmied,
Brauthuldigung zu spenden
Mit Gaben und mit Lied.

(zur Braut:)1
Vor hohem Frauenbilde
So tugendlicher Art
Singt Ruhlas Grobschmied milde:
"Jung Landgraf [werde]2 zart!"

(zum Erbgroßherzog:)1
Doch will's im Westen dämmern
Und streicht ein Feind den Bart,
Herr Major, dann wollen wir hämmern:
"Jung Landgraf, werdet hart!"

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Confirmed with "Der Brautwillkomm auf Wartburg", Fünf Dichtungen von Joseph Viktor von Scheffel, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1887, pages 33-34. Under the poem are the following words: "(Sie bringen als Vertreter des Thüringer Waldes Huldigungsgaben der Ruhlaer Industrie dar.)", which can be translated "(As representatives of the Forest of Thuringia they offer up gifts of homage from the industry of Ruhla.)"

1 Liszt omits these directions.
2 Liszt: "werdet"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Biterolf and the Blacksmith of Ruhla", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Les forêts de Thuringe envoient
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Les forêts de Thuringe envoient
Le chasseur et le forgeron
Pour porter l'hommage à la fiancée
Avec des dons et un chant.

(à la fiancée)
Devant une image d'une femme
D'une telle vertu
Le ruse forgeron de Ruhla chante doucement ;
« Jeune landgrave, deviens amoureux ! »

(à l'archiduc)
Mais si certain signes se lèvent à l'ouest
Et si l'ennemi  frappe sa barbe,
Seigneur Major, alors nous le martèlerons :
« Jeune landgrave, arme-toi pour la bataille ! »

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Translations of title(s):
"V. Biterolf und der Schmied von Ruhla" = "V. Biterolf et le forgeron de Ruhla"
"Biterolf und der Schmied von Ruhla" = "Biterolf et le forgeron de Ruhla"


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