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Der leidige Frieden Hat lange gewährt, Wir warten geschieden, Mein gutes Schwert! Derweil ich gekostet Im Keller den Wein, Hingst du verrostet An der Wand allein. Von Sorte zu Sorte Probiert' ich den Wein, Indessen dorrte Das Blut dir ein. Ist endlich entglommen Der heiße Streit, Mein Schwert, und gekommen Ist deine Zeit. Ich [gab]1 deiner Klingen Den blanken Schliff, Ich lasse dich singen Den Todespfiff. Im Pulvernebel Die Arbeit rauscht, Wir haben, o Säbel, Die Freuden getauscht. Im brausenden Moste, Mein durstiges Erz, Betrinke dich, koste Von Herz zu Herz. Derweil du gekostet Das rote Blut, Ist mir eingerostet Der Hals vor Glut.
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- by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), no title, appears in Gedichte, in 4. Viertes Buch, in Vermischte Gedichte, in Husarenlieder, no. 2 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Der leidige Frieden", op. 117 no. 2 (1851), published 1852, from Vier Husarenlieder von Nikolaus Lenau, no. 2, Leipzig, Senff [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La pau desplaent", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De vreeslijke vrede", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Linda Godry) , "The wretched peace", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La paix désolante", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La trista pace", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 104
The wretched peace Is taking too long, We went our separate ways, my worthy sword! While I relished The wine in the vaults, You were getting rusty Suspended from the wall all alone. From this and that chateau I sampled the wine, While your blood Went dry. Finally broke out The hot fight, My sword, and now Your time has come. I sharpen your blade To a shine, I let you sing The whistle of death. In the gun smoke We are fast workers, We, oh my sabre We each had our own. In the foaming must, My thirsty steel, Drink your fill, sample From heart to heart; While you sample The red blood, My throat went dry in the heat.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by Linda Godry, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), no title, appears in Gedichte, in 4. Viertes Buch, in Vermischte Gedichte, in Husarenlieder, no. 2
This text was added to the website: 2006-11-07
Line count: 32
Word count: 121