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Unfall no.15

Part of a series or song cycle:

Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff


Ich ging bei Nacht einst über Land,
Ein Bürschlein traf ich draussen,
Das hat ’nen Stutzen in der Hand
Und zielt auf mich voll Grausen.
Ich renne, da ich mich erbos',
Auf ihn in vollem Rasen,
Da drückt das kecke Bürschlein los
Und ich stürzt’ auf die Nasen.
Er aber lacht mir ins Gesicht,
Dass er mich angeschossen,
Cupido war der kleine Wicht –
Das hat mich sehr verdrossen.


Once, when travelling by night over land,
I met a little boy
With a gun in his hand
Which he aimed at me most frighteningly.
Provoked, I rush at him
In a mighty rage,
The impish boy fires,
I fall flat on my nose.
But he laughs in my face
For having shot at me.
Cupid was the wretch’s name –
I was sorely vexed.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a German poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, translator, and anthologist. Eichendorff was one of the major writers and critics of Romanticism. Ever since their publication and up to the present day, some of his works have been very popular in Germany.

Eichendorff first became famous for his novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing, a typical romantic novella, whose main themes are wanderlust and love. The protagonist, the son of a miller, rejects his father's trade and becomes a gardener at a Viennese palace where he subsequently falls in love with the local duke's daughter. As, with his lowly status, she is unattainable for him, he escapes to Italy - only to return and learn that she is the duke's adopted daughter, and thus within his social reach. With its combination of dream world and realism, Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing is considered to be a high point of Romantic fiction. One critic stated that "Eichendorff’s 'Good-For-Nothing' is the "personification of love of nature and an obsession with hiking." Thomas Mann called Eichendorff's Good-For-Nothing a combination of "the purity of the folk song and the fairy tale."

Many of Eichendorff's poems were first published as integral parts of his novellas and stories, where they are often performed in song by one of the protagonists. The novella Good-For-Nothing alone contains 54 poems.

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