Translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846)

Warriors and chiefs! should the shaft or...
Language: English 
Warriors and chiefs! should the shaft or the sword 
Pierce me in leading the host of the Lord, 
Heed not the corse, though a king's, in your path: 
Bury your steel in the bosoms of Gath! 

Thou who art bearing my buckler and bow, 
Should the soldiers of Saul look away from the foe, 
Stretch me that moment in blood at thy feet! 
Mine be the doom which they dared not to meet. 

Farewell to others, but never we part, 
Heir to my royalty, son of my heart! 
Bright is the diadem, boundless the sway, 
Or kingly the death, which awaits us to-day!

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Saul vor seiner letzten Schlacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
 Krieger und Feldherrn ereilt mich der Tod,
 weil ich euch führte zum Kampfe für Gott,
 nehmt nur des Königes Leiche nicht wahr,
 und mordet die feindliche Schar!

 Du, der mir nachträgt den Bogen und Schild, 
 dächten Saul's Völker auf Flucht im Gefild,
 streck mich im Augenblick todt vor dich hin;
 mein sei das Los, dem sie schändlich entfliehn.

 Fahrt wohl, ihr andern; nie weich' ich von dir, 
 Sohn meines Herzens, du König nach mir.
 Würdig des Scepters und des Throns sei die Macht,
 oder der Tod, den uns bringet die Schlacht.

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Researcher for this text: John H. Campbell

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 92