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Jägerlied - Hunting Song

German University Song

The students of German universities from the Middle Ages on loved to sing. Among their favorite songs were hunting songs like Jägerlied, which celebrates the joy of the hunt. The printed lyrics that you find below were written by Wilhelm Bornemann in 1816, while the music was written by F. L. Gehlicke in 1827. The song is set for a male chorus.



Listen to Jagerlied

Lyrics:

Im Wald und auf der Heide,
Da such ich meine Freude,
Ich bin ein Jägersmann;
Ich bin ein Jägersmann
Die Forsten treu zu pflegen,
Das Wildbret zu erlegen,
Mein' Lust hab' ich daran;
Mein' Lust hab' ich daran

Halli, halla, halli, halla,
Mein' Lust hab' ich daran.
Halli, halla, halli, halla,
Mein' Lust hab' ich daran.

Das Huhn im schnellen zuge,
die Schnepf' im Zigzag fluge
Treff' ich mit Sicherheit;
Treff' ich mit Sicherheit
Die Sauen, Reh' und Hirsche Erleg
Ich auf der Pirsche,
Der Fuchs laesst mir sein Kleid
Der Fuchs laesst mir sein Kleid

Halli, halla, halli, halla,
Der Fuchs laesst mir sein Kleid
Halli, halla, halli, halla,
Der Fuchs laesst mir sein Kleid


Translation:

In woods and fields
my pleasure I seek,
I am a hunter,
I am a hunter.
To take care of the forest
And hunt wild game is
This is my joy in life, my real aim.
My joy in life, my real aim.

Hali, hala, hali, hala!
My joy in life, my real aim.
Hali, hala, hali, hala!
My joy in life, my real aim.

The partridge rising in fright,
The snipe in its zig-zag flight,
I shoot with steady hand.
I shoot with steady hand.
Boars, bucks and deer
I stalk, and hunt here,
The fox gives me its fur.
The fox gives me its fur.

Hali, hala, hali, hala!
The fox gives me its fur.
Hali, hala, hali, hala!
The fox gives me its fur.


Sheet music P002


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