Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Bald gras ich am Neckar, bald gras ich...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA ITA SPA SPA
Bald gras1 ich am Neckar, bald gras ich am Rhein;
Bald hab' ich ein Schätzel, bald bin ich allein!
Was hilft mir das Grasen, wenn d' Sichel nicht schneid't!
Was hilft mir ein Schätzel, wenn's bei mir nicht bleibt.

So soll ich denn grasen am Neckar, am Rhein,
So werf ich mein goldenes Ringlein hinein.
Es fließet im Neckar und fließet im Rhein,
Soll schwimmen hinunter ins Meer tief hinein.

Und schwimmt es, das Ringlein, so frißt es ein Fisch!
Das Fischlein tät kommen auf's König sein Tisch!
Der König tät fragen, wem's Ringlein sollt sein?
Da tät mein Schatz sagen: das Ringlein g'hört mein.

Mein Schätzlein tät springen bergauf und bergein,
Tät mir wiedrum bringen das Goldringlein mein!
Kannst grasen am Neckar, kannst grasen am Rhein,
Wirf du mir nur immer dein Ringlein hinein!

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1 note: 'grasen' used to be a metaphor or euphemism for 'to have an amorous adventure'.


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Petite légende du Rhin", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Piccola leggenda del Reno", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Piccola leggenda del Reno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "La leyenda del Rin", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jakob Kellner , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 135

Piccola leggenda del Reno
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ora mieto sul Neckar, ora mieto sul Reno, 
ora ho una bella, ora sono solo! 
A che mi serve mietere, se la falce non taglia, 
a che mi serve una bella, se poi mi lascia! 

Quindi, devo mietere sul Neckar, sul Reno, 
e butto in acqua il mio anellino d'oro! 
Questo va con le acque del Neckar e con le acque del Reno, 
finirà giù nel fondo del mare! 

E, nuota che ti nuota, se lo mangia un pesce! 
E il pesciolino finisce sulla tavola del re! 
Il re vuole sapere che anellino è mai questo? 
E la mia bella risponde: "Quest'anellino... è mio!". 

La mia bella saltella per monti e per valli, 
e mi viene a riportare il bell'anellino d'oro! 
Puoi mietere sul Neckar, puoi mietere sul Reno! 
Ma buttami sempre in acqua il tuo anellino!


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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 137