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Lied eines Schmiedes

by Robert Schumann From Sechs Gedichte und Requiem (1850) Op. 90 1–5.viii.1850

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Lied eines Schmiedes
German source: Nikolaus Lenau

Fein Rösslein, ich
Beschlage dich,
Sei frisch und fromm,
Und wieder komm!

Trag deinen Herrn
Stets treu dem Stern,
Der seiner Bahn
Hell glänzt voran!

Trag auf dem Ritt
Mit jedem Tritt
Den Reiter du
Dem Himmel zu!

Nun Rösslein, ich
Beschlage dich,
Sei frisch und fromm,
Und wieder komm!

Blacksmith's Song
English translation © Richard Stokes

Fine little steed,
You'll soon be shod,
Be frisky and good,
And come back again!

Carry your master
Ever true to the star
That shines brightly
On his path!

With each step
As you go,
Carry your rider
Nearer heaven!

There, little steed,
Now you're shod,
Be frisky and good,
And come back again!

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Lied eines Schmiedes
German source: Nikolaus Lenau

Blacksmith's Song
English source: Richard Stokes

Fein Rösslein, ich
Fine little steed,
Beschlage dich,
You'll soon be shod,
Sei frisch und fromm,
Be frisky and good,
Und wieder komm!
And come back again!

Trag deinen Herrn
Carry your master
Stets treu dem Stern,
Ever true to the star
Der seiner Bahn
That shines brightly
Hell glänzt voran!
On his path!

Trag auf dem Ritt
With each step
Mit jedem Tritt
As you go,
Den Reiter du
Carry your rider
Dem Himmel zu!
Nearer heaven!

Nun Rösslein, ich
There, little steed,
Beschlage dich,
Now you're shod,
Sei frisch und fromm,
Be frisky and good,
Und wieder komm!
And come back again!

Composer

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured…

Poet

Nikolaus Lenau

Nikolaus Lenau was the nom de plume of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau, a German-language Austrian poet. He was born at Schadat, now Lenauheim, Romania, then in Hungary. His father, a Habsburg government official, died in 1807 in…

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