by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845)

When that I was and a little tiny boy
Language: English 
When that I was and a little tiny boy,
[With]1 hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man's estate,
[With]1 hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.

[ But when I came, alas! to wive,
[With]1 hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.]2

[ But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain it raineth every day.]3

A great while ago the world [begun]4,
[With]1 hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that's all one, our play is done,
And we'll strive to please you every day.

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View original text (without footnotes)
1 Amram: "With a"
2 Omitted by Amram.
3 set only by Baxter.
4 Amram: "began"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ; composed by Peter Arnold Heise.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) , no title ; composed by Paul Angerer, Walter Braunfels, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wilhelm Petersen, Robert Schumann.
  • Also set in Norwegian (Bokmål), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Catharinus Elling.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Carl August Hagberg (1810 - 1864) ; composed by Jean Sibelius.

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


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
Line count: 20
Word count: 150

Und als ich ein winzig Bübchen war
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA
Und als ich ein winzig Bübchen war,
  Hop heisa, bei Regen und Wind!
Da machten [zwei nur]1 eben ein Paar,
  Denn der Regen, der regnet jeglichen Tag.

Und als ich vertreten die Kinderschuh,
  Hop heisa, bei Regen und Wind!
Da schloss man vor Dieben die Häuser zu,
  Denn der Regen, der regnet jeglichen Tag.

Und als ich ach! ein Weib tat frei'n,
  Hop heisa, bei Regen und Wind!
Da wollte mir Müßig gehn nicht gedeihn,
  Denn der Regen, der regnet jeglichen Tag.

Und als der Wein mir steckt' im Kopf,
  Hop heisa, bei Regen und Wind!
Da war ich ein armer betrunkner Tropf;
  Denn der Regen, der regnet jeglichen Tag.

Die Welt [schon steht]2 eine hübsche Weil',
  Hop heisa, bei Regen und Wind!
Doch das Stück ist nun aus, und ich wünsch' euch viel Heil;
  [Wir streben euch zu gefallen jeglichen Tag.]3

W. Petersen sets stanzas 1-3, 5
R. Schumann sets stanzas 1, 3, 5

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1 Schumann: "zweie nun"
2 Petersen, Schumann: "steht schon"
3 Petersen: "Und daß es euch künftig so gefallen mag!"; Schumann: "Und daß es euch künftig gefalle!"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Slotlied van de nar (Toen ik nog 'n heel klein knaapje was)", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canzone finale del matto", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Margo Briessinck

Text added to the website: 2003-10-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 20
Word count: 142