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Es ritt ein Ritter (1894) WoO 33 no.10

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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)

Es ritt ein Ritter

Es ritt ein Ritter wohl durch das Ried,
er fing es an ein neues Lied,
gar schöne tät er singen
daß Berg und Tal erklingen.
Das hört des Königs sein Töchterlein,
in ihres Vaters Lustkämmerlein,
sie flocht ihr Haar in Seiden,
mit dem Ritter wollt sie reiten.
Und da sie in den Wald raus kam’n,
viel heiße Träne sie fallenließ.
Er schaut ihr wohl unter die Augen,
warum weinet ihr, schöne Jungfraue?
Warum sollt ich nicht weinen,
ich bin ja des Königs sein Töchterlein;
hätt ich meinem Vater gefolget,
Frau Kaiserin wär ich worden.
Er nahm sein Rößlein wohl bei dem Zaum
und band es an einen Weidenbaum,
hier steh mein Rößlein und trinke,
mein jungfrische Herze muß sinken.

A knight was riding

A knight was riding through the marshes,
He began to sing a new song.
He sang most beautifully
Till mountain and valley resounded.
The king’s daughter heard it
In her father’s pleasure-chamber,
She was braiding her hair in silks
And wanted to ride with the knight.
And as they came into the forest
She wept many hot tears,
He gazed into her eyes:
‘Why do you weep, fair maiden?’
Why should I not weep?
I am the king’s daughter.
Had I obeyed my father,
I would have become the Empress.
He took his horse by the bridle
And tethered it to a willow tree.
‘Stay here, my horse, and drink,
My fresh young heart is sinking.
Translation © by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder.

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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