Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Glücksritter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA
Wenn Fortuna spröde tut,
laß' ich sie in Ruh',
singe recht und trinke gut,
und Fortuna kriegt auch Mut,
setzt sich mit dazu.

Doch ich geb' mir keine Müh':
»He, noch eine her!«
kehr' den Rücken gegen sie,
laß' hoch leben die und die
das verdrießt sie sehr.

Und bald rückt sie sacht zu
mir: »Hast du deren mehr?«
»Wie Sie seh'n, drei Kannen schier,
und das lauter Klebebier!
's wird mir gar nicht schwer.«

Drauf sie zu mir lächelt fein:
»Bist ein ganzer Kerl!«
ruft den Kellner, schreit nach Wein,
trinkt mir zu und schenkt mir ein,
echte Blum' und Perl'.

Sie bezahlet Wein und Bier,
und ich, wieder gut,
führe sie am Arm mit mir
aus dem Haus wie'n Kavalier,
alles zieht den Hut.


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Fortune's Knight", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "L'avventuriero", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le chevalier de Fortune", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "El cavaller de la Fortuna", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "L’Aventurier", copyright © 2015, (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.
Line count: 25
Word count: 126

Fortune's Knight
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 If Fortune grows demure,
 I leave her in peace,
 and sing loudly and drink deeply;
 and Fortune gains courage again
 and sits beside me.
 But I pay no attention to her:
 "Hey! another drink here!"
 I call and turn my back to her.
 I toast this girl and that -
 this vexes her very much.
 And soon she moves gently up to me:
 "Have you any more?"
 "As you see, almost three tankards
 and foaming thick beer!
 it won't be too much for me."
 Then she smiles at me:
 "You are quite a chap!"
 She calls the barkeep, orders wine,
 drinks to me and gives me
 a genuine red and white.
 She pays for the wine and beer,
 and I, feeling great,
 lead her upon my arm
 from the house, like a cavalier,
 and everyone doffs his hat.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 25
Word count: 139