by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Ach, wenn's nur der König auch wüßt'
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE POR
Ach, wenn's nur der König auch wüßt',
Wie wacker mein Schätzelein ist!
Für den König, da ließ' er sein Blut,
Für mich aber [ebensogut]1.

Mein Schatz hat kein Band und kein' Stern,
Kein Kreuz wie die vornehmen Herrn,
Mein Schatz wird auch kein General;
Hätt' er nur seinen Abschied einmal!

Es scheinen drei Sterne so hell
Dort über Marien-Kapell;
Da knüpft uns ein rosenrot' Band,
Und ein Hauskreuz ist auch bei der Hand.

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1 Berg: "auch eben so gut"; Schumann: "eben so gut"

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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)

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  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation possibly by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818 - 1883); composed by Pauline Viardot-García.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het soldatenmeisje", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Sotilaan morsian", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fiancée du soldat", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Noiva de soldado", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 73

La fiancée du soldat
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah, si seulement le roi savait aussi
Comme mon petit trésor est courageux !
Pour le roi, il a renoncé à sa vie,
Mais pour moi aussi volontiers.

Mon trésor n'a pas de rubans ni d'étoiles,
Ni de croix comme les messieurs distingués,
Mon trésor ne sera jamais général ;
Si seulement il avait fait ses adieux un jour !

Trois étoiles brillent si fort
Au-dessus de la chapelle de la Vierge ;
Là nous attacherons un ruban rose
Et il aura aussi une croix chez lui près de sa main.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (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.
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This text was added to the website: 2010-09-27
Line count: 12
Word count: 91