Bastien und Bastienne Libretto
English Translation

People:
BASTIENNE, a shepherdess (soprano)
BASTIEN, her lover (tenor)
COLAS, a supposed magician (bass)




overture

The curtain opens.

FIRST IMPACT
The stage is a village with the view of the field.

No. 1 - Aria

BASTIENNE
My dearest friend left me,
Sleep and rest are gone with him.
I do not know how to grasp myself;
Sorrow weakens my eyes and mind.
Grief and pain froze the heart,
And this need brings me death.

You flee Bastien from me? You load your lover? Oh! that's no way. Your loyalty is mine. I have your word; and you forget your promise? My Bastien is leaving me? I call him unceasingly but in vain. As often as I think I must cry; and I think of nothing but him. The infidel! for the sake of a pretty face, does he turn his back on me? Oh, pain! Poor love ... good night!

No. 2 - Aria

BASTIENNE
I'm going to the pasture,
Stunned and completely unaided.
I see to my delight
Nothing but my lamb army.
Oh! all alone
Full of pain
To be always
Bring to the heart
Only agony and pain.

SECOND APPEARANCE

No. 3 - Performance of the Colas (Orchestra)

Colas comes from a hill and plays on the bagpipe.

No. 4 - Aria

COLAS
Ask me a tender child
For his future fortune,
I read the fate quickly
Out of love.
I see, only the dearest's favor
Can be good for pleasure.
How easy is the magic art for me
With two eyes in love.

BASTIENNE
Good morning, Mr. Colas! Will you do me a favor?

COLAS
Yes, with joy, my little heart! Let's hear what do you want from me?

BASTIENNE
I want a remedy for the grief that gnaws at me. You, as a magician, can certainly guess an unbelievable.

COLAS
Yes, certainly. You could not apply yourself better. O potz star! I have wonderful secrets, two beautiful eyes to prophesy happiness.

BASTIENNE
But Mr Colas, I have no money. You have to be content with these earrings that I give you. They are of clear gold.

COLAS
Go, my daughter, with your earrings.

BASTIENNE
As? You want to spurn her?

COLAS
With such a beautiful child as you are, I take it with a few penalties.

He wants to hug her.

BASTIENNE
Not, not, Mr. Colas! All my Busserl are reserved for the Bastien. Be so good and allow me to speak to you about my marriage. What do you advise me? Should I die?

COLAS
Dying, su young? Egg, not with body; that would be a pity forever.

BASTIENNE
But all people say that Bastien left me.

COLAS
Oh, do not worry about it.

BASTIENNE
Should it be possible? O luck! So he still thinks I'm beautiful?

COLAS
He loves you from the bottom of the soul.

BASTIENNE
And yet is he unfaithful to me?

COLAS
Your Bastien is just a bit flighty. Be without worries, my dear child! Your beauty is holding him tight.

BASTIENNE
But if he should become my husband? Oh, to the vulture! so I will not share with any other, do you know that?

COLAS
Be calm! Your beloved object is not unfaithful. He just lives the surface.

BASTIENNE
The surface? Did someone better equip him than I did?

No. 5 - Aria

BASTIENNE
If my Bastien once in jest
Otherwise a flower would escape me,
Urged my lust through my heart,
He felt in the robbery.
Why is he receiving gifts
Another blinded now?
Everything just to think
Ward granted him of me.
Meiereien, field and herds
I gladly applaud him.
Now I should be despised
Because I did so much for him.

COLAS
Oh, the noblewoman of the castle knows to oblige him even better. To attract him, she reciprocates his courtesies with the most delicious gifts. Can you really miss lovers if you pay for your inclinations?

No. 6 - Aria

BASTIENNE
I would also like some women
Strange flattery never fed up,
I want to win the heart very easily
Of the most beautiful gentlemen of the city.
But only Bastien irritates my urges,
And with love, another person will never be rewarded.
Go, go, go! I say,
Go and learn from my youth,
That virtue
Also lives in shepherd huts.

COLAS
Give yourself, satisfied! I am guarantor for your weathercock. He will return, I stand for you, faf. But you have to get used to another way of treating him. You have to be a little bit cunning, funny and easy going. A lover is brought to constancy no more leicter than by jesting and flogging.

BASTIENNE
That will be difficult. When I see him, I lose language and voice. I'll just see if my sleeves are white, if my shoe and stockings are clean, and if the crinkles are right in the folds and the bodice is straight, if my skirt spreads well.

COLAS
The taught nothing my child. To fix a fickle one must seem a bit flighty. One must ask oneself to be filmed before the loved one, if one immediately longs for him. Look, that's the right way; That's what the ladies do in the city.

No. 7 - duet

COLAS
On the advice that I gave,
Be my child, diligent.

BASTIENNE
Yes, I will strive
Yes, sir, day and night.

COLAS
Will you also be grateful to me?

BASTIENNE
Yes, sir, day and night.

COLAS
Oh, the innocence! you luck
Avoid the gloomy glances now,
Accept a muntres being.

BASTIENNE
Yes, sir, as best I can!

She goes off.

THIRD SCENE

COLAS
This pair of lovers is truly a marvel. Such innocence will hardly be found elsewhere than in the country. In the city one is even funnier in the Weissbändel and the daughter often knows more than the mother. But there comes our lover, this pleasant object, which is preferred to the junk. You imaginary heartscapers! Your spun virgins! This is an excellent lesson for you. Your beautiful follow the peasants, because you, gnidige gentlemen, hardly look over the armpit.

FOURTH APPEARANCE
Bastien appears

No. 8 - Aria

BASTIEN
Big thanks to you
Mr. Colas, is my duty;
You are a shadow of doubt
Through the wise lesson.
Yes, I choose the husband,
The promise of life happiness
In the offered treasures,
Bastienne's loveliness
Makes me more pleased than gold.

COLAS
I am glad that you finally come to yourself, that you are fed up with the empty flattery and give in once to my persuasion. But you follow my advice too late; the grape harvest is already over.

BASTIEN
As? The grape harvest is over? What does that mean?

COLAS
They have given you the farewell.

BASTIEN
Go! you feel like foping me. My Bastienne should draw me her little dear heart? No, she is too tender for that. You certainly do not give it to anyone else.

COLAS
If she does not give it, she can be taken.

No. 9 - Aria

BASTIEN
Go! You tell me a fable.
Bastienne does not deceive.
No, she is not a false beak,
Which one thinks differently than speaks.
If my mouth calls her sweet,
Does she think I'm beautiful,
And if she burns with love,
Does the embers have to come from me?

COLAS
It can be; but enough that your lover has another ambenter. He is polite, kind, rich and lovable.

BASTIEN
Egg the hangman! How should that have happened? And how do you know that?

COLAS
From my art.

BASTIEN
From your art?

COLAS
Of course.

BASTIENNE
Should I believe it? Is that true?

COLAS
Unfortunately! it is only too true. Poor neighbor! You will already start it.

BASTIEN
O potztausend! how am I so unhappy!

COLAS
You see, it's not always good to be a handsome boy. They want clerics and turrets, all in abundance; and a single good day often attracts a hundred nasty ones.

BASTIEN
That's terrible for me. I'm completely out of it. Dearest Mr. Colas! Do not you know any secret to get my beloved Bastienne back?

COLAS
Poor kids! you take me, I see nothing better than when people get on well with each other. Wait a moment! I want to inquire about your fate in my magic book.

He pulls out a book from his snap-bag and makes all sorts of gestures while reading, which bothers Bastien.

# 10 - Aria

COLAS
Diggi, daggi,
schurry, murry,
Horum, harum,
lirum, larum,
raudi, maudi,
giri, gari,
posito,
besti, basti,
saron glad
fatto, matto,
quid pro quo.

BASTIEN
fearful
Is the witchcraft over?

COLAS
Yes, just come closer! Comfort yourself, you will see your shepherdess again.

BASTIEN
Without a doubt, if you are not a chopping block. Go and beware your true happiness better than before.

He goes off.

FIFTH APPEARANCE

# 11 - Aria

BASTIEN
My dearest beautiful cheeks
Will I be happy to see you again?
Only her charms satisfy my desire,
I can spurn gold on her.
Away with sovereignty, away with treasures!
Your splendor does not work for me.
Only a girl can delight
A hundred times more than you.

Growlers, those with proud shoots
If only the Selt'ne were delighted,
Would love her,
Appreciate their happiness.
But in vain, here are the boundaries,
It's just made for me,
And with cold reverences
If the wealth is laughed at here.

SIXTH APPEARANCE

BASTIEN
There she is ... Should I flee her eyes? No, if I run away, I lose it completely.

BASTIENNE
The ungrateful! He saw me. Ah! how does my heart beat?

BASTIEN
Potztausend! I do not know what to do or to do.

BASTIENNE
Oh dear! Without thinking about it, I walk the path for him.

BASTIEN
It is daring! I want to talk to her ... look, are you lying? Look, I'm there too ... but how? Why enter like that? What's wrong with you? What are you doing for faces?

BASTIENNE
Who are you? Go! I do not know you.

BASTIEN
What are you saying? Oh, Bastienne! look at me doc; Do not you know your Bastien anymore?

BASTIENNE
You would be my Bastien? Oh no, you're never.

No. 12 - Aria

BASTIENNE
He was otherwise faithful and devoted to me,
Bastien loved me alone,
My heart only was his endeavor
Only me, nobody else took him in.
He did not like the most beautiful picture,
Only his eyes were on me,
I could do it in front of everyone else
Excite him, please him.
Even ladies were not appreciated
Often his look set in embers.
If they gave gifts,
Do I have to have them?
He loved me, only me alone.
But now he wants to change his Christmas,
In vain the otherwise sweet shoots
And becomes a fluttering spirit.

BASTIEN
Oh, see, what is blushing you. You think I have changed; but you are wrong. It was a small lumbago shot by a certain Poltergeist, but the brave Colas already driven out.

BASTIENNE
Empty apology! If you were bewitched, then I am enchanted, and with me all the art of good cola is in vain. Yes, Bastien, for an evil like mine, there is no means at all.

BASTIEN
Marry! Marital status heals all sorceries. The best remedy is a man.

BASTIENNE
A nice advice! Marital status alone is a source of concern. If a faithless man joins in, distress and sorrow become unbearable. And that should be a cure?

BASTIEN
Well, if you are stubborn, do what you want.

No. 13 - duet

BASTIEN
Go there!
Your defiance should not frighten me.
I run to the castle,
I swear to you,
And wants to discover the noblewoman,
My heart belongs entirely to her.
Leave her as she usually does tenderly,
Will I connect with her right away?

BASTIENNE
I want!
I want to go to the city,
Gentleman I meet there easily:
Like a dam, I want to live there,
The hundred gentlemen can tie.

BASTIEN
I'll brag about gold and silver,
And a sweetheart full of splendor
Will the weight pay,
Which makes my look happy.
To join her treasures,
Shall she not find me brittle?

BASTIENNE
The beautiful are the treasures
To acquire in cities easily.
It takes, to capture the same,
Nothing but that you are friendly.

Both pretend to leave, but always come back.

BASTIENNE
Look there! are you still here? I thought you were already over the mountains.

BASTIEN
I'm about to say goodbye.

BASTIENNE
Obviously, it costs you little effort to flee me, faithless!

BASTIEN
And apparently you are very happy that I am determined to leave.

BASTIENNE
However, my Lord! You can act according to your Belleben.

BASTIEN
Are you serious? ... Go, say! As long as I stayed?

BASTIENNE
Yes ... no, no!

No. 14 - Recitative and Arioso

BASTIEN
Your defiance multiplies through my suffering?
Well! the moment
I bring to your pleasures
Me knives, dagger and knit.

BASTIENNE
Good luck!

BASTIEN
I'm going to hang.
I'm running, without any mercy,
Im drowning in the brook.

BASTIENNE
Good luck to the cold bath!

BASTIEN
for themselves
And should I be such a fool to throw myself into the water?

BASTIENNE
What is it? What is stopping you?

BASTIEN
Nothing. I'm just thinking that I'm a bad swimmer; and then that I still have to talk to you before I'm finished.

BASTIENNE
Talk to me? No, I can not hear you anymore.

No. 15 - duet

BASTIENNE
Go! Heart of Flanders!
Search only with others
Tenderly in love hearing,
Because you, because me
I do not love anymore.

BASTIEN
Well, I want to die;
Because to ruin
Show me your hatred the track;
That's why I leave the village and the corridor.

BASTIENNE
Counterfeiter! You're flying?

BASTIEN
Yes, as you see.
Because another takes you,
Is my death already determined.
I'm tormenting myself
No servant of the rival.

BASTIENNE
Bastien! Bastien!

BASTIEN
As? you call me?

BASTIENNE
You're wrong.
In your eyes
Now my luck
Not found anymore.

BASTIEN
Where is the sweet time,
Since you enjoy my joke?

BASTIEN, BASTIENNE
She disappeared now,
Go! wrong soul!
Fort! I choose
For my tender hand
Another marriage band.
Change in loving
Removes the deception
And, as you can see, attracts
For pleasure the appetite.

BASTIEN
But if you wanted ...

BASTIENNE
But if you should ...

BASTIEN
Sweetie still call me ...

BASTIENNE
Recognize this heart ...

BASTIEN, BASTIENNE
Would be my affectionate
Dedicated to you again.

BASTIEN
I would be yours alone.

BASTIENNE
I would be yours forever.

BASTIEN
Give me luck
Your heart back,
Hug me,
Only I love you.

BASTIENNE
O lust, o lust
For the inflamed breast!

BASTIEN, BASTIENNE
Come on, take it again
Affection and loyalty!
I swear the change
And love you to the grave.
We are reconciled,
Love crowns
Us after the anxious argument
Through faithful tenderness.

SEVEN APPEARANCE
Colas occurs

No. 16 - a trio

COLAS
Children! Children!
See, after storm and rain
Will a nice day be brought
Your luck should not move;
Thanks this to my spell power.
On! On! give your hand!
Make the souls and the hearts!
Nothing of pain
Become known.

BASTIEN, BASTIENNE
Funny! funny!
Prizes the sorceries
From Colas, the wise man!
To free us from grief,
Did he do miracles today?
On! on! agrees with his praise!
He donates our wedding party.
Oh, to the vulture, what a splendid man!

COLAS, BASTIEN, BASTIENNE
On! on! agrees with his praise!
He donates our wedding party.
Oh, to the vulture, what a splendid man!