by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Die Trommel gerühret
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Die Trommel gerühret,
Das Pfeifchen gespielt!
Mein Liebster gewaffnet
Dem Haufen befiehlt,
Die Lanze hoch führet, 
Die Leute regieret.
Wie klopft mir das Herz!
Wie wallt mir das Blut!
O hätt' ich ein Wämslein 
Und Hosen und Hut!

Ich folgt' ihm zum Tor 'naus
mit mutigem Schritt,
Ging' durch die Provinzen,
ging' überall mit.
Die Feinde schon weichen,
Wir schiessen da drein;
Welch' Glück sondergleichen,
Ein Mannsbild zu sein!

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Bang the drum!", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "On bat le tambour!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-09-19 12:16:56
Line count: 18
Word count: 69

Bang the drum!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Bang the drum,
 play the fife!
 My love is armed for war
 and commands his host;
 he holds the lances high
 and commands his men.
 How my heart pounds!
 How my blood races!
 O if only I had a doublet,
 and breeches and helm!
 
 I would follow him through the gate
 with courageous step,
 and march through the provinces,
 march everywhere with him.
 The enemy has grown weak,
 we fire at them;
 what happiness without equal
 to be a man!

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 18
Word count: 81