Die Nibelungen

Genre: Drama

Die Nibelungen

Die Nibelungen

Dedicated to the German people

Kriemhild's Revenge

Canto I

How Kriemhild mourned over Siegfried

and how King Attilla woos her through

through his ambassador, Ruediger von


King Gunther, Margrave Ruediger von

Bechlam asks for an audience.

I come as ambassador of King Attilla,

who is called lord of the Earth.

He seeks the hand of Kriemhild,

your sister, in marriage.

I am afraid King Attilla does

not know whom he woos.

In the name of Siegfried who was

murdered and whose murder lives!

Bear in mind how Siegfried died!

King Attilla sends me, Lady Kriemhild,

to plead in his stead for your hand!

Ruediger, you seem to know quite well

how I am exposed to grievous wrongs

in the house of my clan!

Brother! Where is your brother


My king, deliver to me the murderer

of my husband!

He has kept faith with me, I

shall keep faith with him. This,

Kriemhild, is my last word!

Margrave Ruediger, Lady Kriemhild

wishes to speak with you after evensong!

Now is the time to keep close watch

over our Burgundy, Gerenot!

Tell me all about King Attilla,


You are wooing a dead woman,

Ruediger. The murderer of my

husband flaunts the green

sparkling sword he robbed from

the dead!

If somebody, my lady, would do you wrong

at Attila's court, King Attilla shall know how

to avenge you!

Lord Margrave, swear that to me in

King Attilla's name and yours!

Not on the cross, Lord Margrave -

on the sharp edge of your sword!

My lady! Lord Hagen has robbed

the Nibelungen treasure!

You have my word,

Margrave Ruediger!

Hagen Tronje, where is the


The loyal Hagen speaks: At a place,

my lady, where no one can use the

gold to forge weapons against the

kings of Burgundy!

Here ends the first Canto.

Canto II

How Kriemhild takes leave from her

homeland, and how she was received

by King Attilla.

Earth, you were once soaked with

Siegfried's blood. One day I shall

come and drench you with the blood

of Hagen Tronje!

I shall return! Rest assured,

I'll come back!

My daughter, don't you want to bid

farewell to your brother Gunther?

No, mother.

You travel far, Lady Kriemhild. Don't you

want to make peace with your family?

No, my priest.

Don't you want to greet them one

last time, my Lady?

No, Ruediger.

When Kriemhild reached the country

of the Huns, spring had come to the


The sack of gold is mine!

The Queen is coming!

Let us meet her, brother!

The King's treasure!

My lady, King Attilla's brother, Blaodel,

welcomes you!

Ruediger, choose a kingdom

from my lands in gratitude for

this wondrous woman!

Ask King Attilla, Margrave Ruediger,

if he is ready to make your oath his


By my head, o queen - whoever

dares to offend you, shall die a

hundred deaths!

Here ends the second Canto.

Canto III

How King Attilla besieged Rome

and how Kriemhild summoned her


Lord Attilla swore to turn Rome's

churches into horse stables! Why

does he not fulfill his oath?

We went into war! Why don't we ride

on? Why is Attilla's horse tethered to

his tent?

And when King Attilla his mount bestrode

It was the world over which he rode

And when he paused his whip to crack

the world cried out - Woe, woe, alack

What deeds are now in his mind?

What is in the mind of our King?

He sleeps! He sleeps! Lord Attilla,

Attilla sleeps!

The white woman stole and bound

our lord! She uses golden tresses

as cord!

The white woman stole and bound

our lord! She uses golden tresses

as cord!!

My Lord-! Kriemhild...

My lord-! Kriemhild has borne

you a son!

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