by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Klinge, klinge, mein Pandero
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Klinge, klinge, mein Pandero,
Doch an andres denkt mein Herz.
Wenn du, muntres Ding, verständest
Meine Qual und sie empfändest,
Jeder Ton, den du entsendest,
Würde klagen meinen Schmerz.
Bei des Tanzes Drehn und Neigen
Schlag' ich wild den Takt zum Reigen,
Daß nur die Gedanken schweigen,
Die mich mahnen an den Schmerz.
Ach, ihr Herrn, dann will im Schwingen
Oftmals mir die Brust zerspringen,
Und zum Angstschrei wird mein Singen,
Denn an andres denkt mein Herz.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Volkslieder und Romanzen der Spanier im Versmasse des Originals verdeutscht durch Emanuel Geibel, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1843, page 26


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

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-11
Line count: 14
Word count: 77

Ring, ring, my tambourine
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ring, ring, my tambourine,
Yet, my heart dwells on other things.

If you, merry thing, could understand
And appreciate my suffering,
Each sound, that you produce,
Would bemoan my pain.

With each twist and dip of the dance
I mark the beat of the swirling frenzy,
To silence the thoughts
That only remind me of my pain.

O then, comrades, with wings
My breast longs to burst forth,
And my singing becomes a cry of anguish,
For my heart dwells on other things.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Klinge, klinge, mein Pandero" = "Ring, ring, my tambourine"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-06
Line count: 14
Word count: 83