LiederNet: The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive
This website stores both public-domain AND copyright-protected material.
It is illegal to copy and distribute material marked copyright without permission.
**** YES, THAT INCLUDES CONCERT PROGRAMS. ****


Der Schrei

Language: German

Die Kompagnie liegt jenseits der Raab. 
Der von Langenau reitet hin, allein. 
Ebene. Abend. Der Beschlag vom am Sattel glänzt durch den Staub.
Und dann steigt der Mond. Er sieht es an seinen Händen.
Er träumt. 
Aber da schreit es ihn an. 
Schreit, schreit, 
zerreißt ihm den Traum. 
Das ist keine Eule. Barmherzigkeit: 
der einzige Baum 
schreit ihn an: 
Mann! 
Und er schaut: es bäumt sich. Es bäumt sich ein Leib 
den Baum entlang, und ein junges Weib, 
blutig und bloß, 
fällt ihn an: Mach mich los! 

Und er springt hinab in das schwarze Grün 
und durchhaut die heißen Stricke; 
und er sieht ihre Blicke glühn 
und ihre Zähne beißen. 

Lacht sie? 

Ihn graust. 
Und er sitzt schon zu Roß 
und jagt in die Nacht. 
Blutige Schnüre fest in der Faust.



Translation(s): ENG FRE

Submitted by John Versmoren

Authorship

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

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , title 1: "The scream", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le cri", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Notes about what "text verified" means can be found here.

Gentle Reminder
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it, and aside from ad revenue and copyright fees, the Archive was supported financially last year by fewer than 0.02% of our visitors. So if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust, Founder
I also have a wishlist at Amazon.ca.

The scream

Language: English

 The company is on the other side of the Raab river.
 Von Langenau is riding aimlessly, alone.
 The plain.  Evening. The metal fittings of the saddle gleam through the dust.
 And then the moon rises.  He can tell by looking at his hands.
 He is dreaming.
 But then a scream assaults him.
 Screams upon screams 
 disrupt his dream.
 It is no owl.  Heaven have  mercy:
 The lone tree 
 screams at him:
 You!
 And he sees:  It is writhing.  A body is writhing
 Against the tree, and a young female, 
 bloodied and naked, 
 snarls at him: Set me free!
 
 And he jumps down into the black green,
 And cuts through the hot ropes;
 And he sees her burning glances,
 And the baring of her teeth.
 
 Is she laughing?
 
 He shudders with dread
 And is already up on his steed
 And races into the night,
 The bloody ropes grasped firmly in his fist..



IMPORTANT NOTE: THE MATERIAL DIRECTLY ABOVE IS COPYRIGHT and exists on our server by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you MUST obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Copyright infringement is a serious criminal offense under international law.

Authorship

    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Knut W. Barde, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL http://www.lieder.net/

Based on

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.