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Hast du von den Fischerkindern

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hast du von den Fischerkindern
Das alte Mährchen vernommen,
Die auf dem schwanken Kahne
Allein ins Meer geschwommen?

Sie pflückten sich Wasserrosen,
Sie sangen sich Lieder viele,
Sie herzten und küßten einander
Im süßen Wechselspiele.

Sie [haben]1 den Strand verloren,
Als sich der Tag entschwungen,
Sie kehrten nimmer wieder,
Ihr Name ist verklungen.--

Und weißt du: wir sind die Kinder,
[Die Maid du, ich der Knabe,] 2
Das Meer ist unsre Liebe,
Die [wird uns wohl]3 zum Grabe!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Rheinisches Jahrbuch für Kunst und Poesie, herausgegeben von F. Freiligrath, C. Matzerath und K. Simrock, Erster Jahrgang, Köln: M. DuMont-Schauberg, 1840, pages 397-398, in which the poem is titled "Ahnung".

Confirmed also with a later edition, Wolfgang Müller von Königswinter, Dichtungen eines Rheinischen Poeten, Erster Band, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1871, page 82, in which the poem is titled "Von den Fischerkindern".

1 Kinkel: "hatten"
2 Kinkel in the upper voice: "Die Maid bin ich, du der Knabe" and in the lower voice: "Die Maid bist du, ich der Knabe"
3 In later editions of the poem: "ward uns längst"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Have you heard the old fairy tale

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Have you heard the old fairy tale
About the fisherman’s children?
The ones who went out to sea
Alone in a rickety boat?

They picked water-lilies for each other,
They sang each other many songs,
They embraced and kissed each other
In sweet exchange.

They [lost]1 sight of the shore
When the day departed,
They never returned,
Their names have been forgotten. --

And do you know: we are the children,
[You the maiden, I the lad,]2
The sea is our love,
It [shall likely]3 become our grave!

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Translated titles:
"Ahnung" = "Premonition"
"Von den Fischerkindern" = "About the fisherman’s children"

1 Kinkel: "had lost"
2 Kinkel in the upper voice: "I am the maiden, you the lad" and in the lower voice: "You are the maiden, I the lad"
3 In later editions of the poem: "has long since"


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