by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Die alten, bösen Lieder
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FIN FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA
Die alten, bösen Lieder,
Die Träume [schlimm]1 und arg,
Die laßt uns jetzt begraben,
Holt einen großen Sarg.

Hinein leg' ich gar manches,
Doch sag' ich noch nicht was;
Der Sarg muß sein noch größer,
Wie's Heidelberger Faß.

Und holt eine Totenbahre,
[Von Brettern]2 [fest und dick]3;
Auch muß sie sein noch länger,
Als wie zu Mainz die Brück'.

Und holt mir auch zwölf Riesen,
Die müssen noch stärker sein
Als wie der [heil'ge]4 Christoph
Im Dom zu Köln am Rhein.

Die sollen den Sarg forttragen,
Und senken ins Meer hinab,
Denn solchem großen Sarge
Gebührt ein großes Grab.

Wißt ihr, warum der Sarg wohl
So groß und schwer mag sein?
Ich [legt']5 auch meine Liebe 
Und meinen Schmerz hinein.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 170.

1 Schumann: "bös'"
2 Schumann: "Und Bretter"
3 Jost: "dick und fest"
4 Schumann: "starke"
5 Schumann: "senkt'"
6 Jost adds a couplet from "Aus alten Märchen winkt es" at the end of his setting of this poem:
Und aller Qual entnommen,
Und frei und selig sein!

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Les velles, infames cançons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Rot) , "Genoeg, genoeg gezongen", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De oude, boze lied'ren", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "The old, angry songs", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 65, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Effimia Gianniou) , "Τα παλιά κακοποιά τραγούδια", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Assaf Levitin) (Michal Levitin) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "I vecchi canti malvagi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "Las viejas y amargas canciones", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: René Slot , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-09-08 18:12:42
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Word count: 120

I vecchi canti malvagi
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
I vecchi canti malvagi,
i sogni brutti e maligni,
dobbiamo ora seppellirli,
prendete un grande sarcofago.

Dentro vi metto tante cose,
ma non dico ancora quali,
la bara deve essere ancora più grande
della botte di Heidelberg.

E prendete una grande bara
di assi forti e grosse;
deve essere ancor più lunga
del ponte di Magonza.

E prendete anche dodici giganti,
che devono essere ancora più forti
del grande San Cristoforo
del duomo di Colonia sul Reno.

Questi porteranno la bara
e la getteranno nel mare;
perché a un sarcofago così grande
si addice una grande tomba.

Sapete perché il sarcofago
sarà così grande e così pesante?
Io verso il mio amore
e il mio dolore là dentro.

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Text added to the website: 2006-03-27 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
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Word count: 118