Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Schwäbisches Volkslied
Language: Swabian (Schwäbisch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Herziges Schätzle du,
Hast mir auch all mei Ruh
G'stohlen, du loser Dieb,
Hab di doch lieb!
Wenn dir ins dunkelblau,
Funkelhell Schelmaug' schau,
Mein' i, i säh in mein
Himmelreich ['nein]1.

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Confirmed with Die Bauhütte. Zeitung für Freimaurer, Volume 30, Leipzig, Druck und Verlag von J. G. Findel, 1887, page 196.

1 Franz: "'nein./ In mein Himmelreich hinein"


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

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
  • by Robert Franz (1815 - 1892), "Herziges Schätzle du", op. 50 (Sechs Gesänge für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 1 (1879), published 1879 [ voice and piano ], Leipzig, Leuckart
  • by Philipp Rödelberger ( flourished c.1900 ), "Herziges Schätzle du!", published 1903 [ voice and piano ], in the collection Im Volkston II. Sammlung: moderne Preislieder komponiert für Die Woche, Druck und Verlag von August Scherl G.m.b.H. Berlin

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Swabian folk song", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-08
Line count: 8
Word count: 32

Swabian folk song
Language: English  after the Swabian (Schwäbisch) 
You delightful little darling,
You have stolen all my peace,
You wanton thief,
Yet I love you!
When I gaze into your dark blue,
Brightly sparkling, impish eyes,
I think that I am looking
Into my personal heaven.


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This text was added to the website: 2021-08-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 38