by Karl Gottfried von Leitner (1800 - 1890)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

He! schenket mir im Helme ein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
He! schenket mir im Helme ein,
Der ist des Knappen Becher,
Er ist nicht seicht und, traun, nicht klein,
Das freut den wackern Zecher.

Er schützte mich zu tausend Mahl
Vor Kolben, Schwert und Spießen,
Er dient mir jetzt als Trinkpokal
Und in der Nacht als Kissen.

Vor Lützen traf ihn jüngst ein Speer,
Bin fast in's Gras gesunken,
Ja! wär' er durch, - hätt nimmermehr
Ein Tröpfelchen getrunken.

[Doch 's kam]1 nicht so. Ich danke dir,
Du brave Bickelhaube!
Der Schwede büßte bald dafür,
Und röchelte im Staube.

Nu, tröst' ihn Gott! Schenkt ein, schenkt ein!
Mein Krug hat tiefe Wunden,
Doch hält er noch den deutschen Wein,
Und soll mir oft noch munden.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner. Wien, gedruckt bey J. P. Sollinger. 1825, pages 17-18.

1 Schubert: "Doch kam's"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Der Wallensteiner Lanzknecht beim Trunk", D 931 (1827), published 1830 [ voice, piano ], attachment to Gemeinnütziger und erheiternder Haus-Kalender für das oesterreichische Kaiserthum[sung text checked 1 time]

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De lansknecht van Wallenstein", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The drinking of Wallenstein's Lancer", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À boire pour le lancier de Wallenstein !", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 115

The drinking of Wallenstein's Lancer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Hey! pour it in my helmet,
 that's the Squire's tumbler;
 It is not shallow and, I dare say, not small;
 And that delights a valiant drinker!

 It has protected me a thousand times
 from clubs, sword and spear;
 It serves me now as drinking cup
 And in the night as pillow.

 At Lützen recently it was struck by a spear,
 and I almost sank to the grass;
 Yes, if it had gone through, I would never again
 drink a drop!

 But things did not turn out so; I thank you,
 you good helmet!
 The Swede soon atoned for it
 and gave his death-rattle in the dust.

 Well, find comfort in God! Pour, pour!
 My jug has deep wounds,
 But it can yet hold German wine
 And I will relish it often!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Gottfried von Leitner (1800 - 1890), title 1: "Der Wallensteiner Lanzknecht beim Trunk", title 2: "Der Wallensteiner-Landsknecht beym Trunk", written 1819, first published 1825


This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 132