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Adam lay ybounden

Language: English

Adam lay ybounden1,
Bounden in a bond,
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long;

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkës finden
Written in their book.

Né had [one]2 apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Né had never Our Lady
A been Heaven's Queen.

Blessèd be the time
That apple takèn was.
Therefore we moun singen:
Deo gratias!


Translation(s): FRE GER

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1 Britten uses "Deo gracias! Deo gracias!" as the opening line and repeats it throughout.
2Ireland: "the"

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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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:16
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Word count: 66

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Adam lag gebunden

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Adam lag gebunden,
gebunden in der Sünd’,
vier tausend Winter
ihm nicht zu lange sind;

All dies für einen Apfel,
den Apfel, den er brach,
wie in den Schriften
ist zu lesen nach.

Wär er nicht gebrochen worden,
von ihm gebrochen worden,
dann wär’ Unsere Liebe Frau
nie Himmelskönigin geworden.

Gesegnet sei die Zeit,
da er ihn brach und aß.
Darob wir können singen:
Deo gratias!


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  • Singable translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2015 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

    Bertram Kottmann. Contact:
    <BKottmann (AT) t-online.de>


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Text added to the website: 2015-01-09.
Last modified: 2015-01-09 18:39:18
Line count: 16
Word count: 66