Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wie kommen die Menschen in fröhliche...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wie kommen die Menschen in fröhliche Haufen
  Zusammen gelaufen,
  Und bringen sich lauter Ergetzliches dar!
  So Bücher, als Seide,
  So Flachs, als Geschmeide,
  So Früchte zum Leben, als Blumen in's Haar.
O möcht' es mir dieses Mahl auch nur gelingen,
  Was Schönes zu bringen,
  Für Alter und Jugend zum freudigen Kauf!
  Doch ist für den Handel
  Verdorben mein Wandel;
  Ich brachte wohl nimmer viel Nützliches auf.
Mich liebte Gesang, der erquickende, holde,
  Nur wußte vom Golde
  So wenig die Hand als der lustige Sinn.
  Aus schönen Geschichten
  Gesänge zu dichten,
  War einzig des gaukelnden Wand'rers Gewinn.
Hier biethet ein Jeder vertrauend und offen
  Mit freudigem Hoffen
  Zum Tausche, was rüstig sein Streben gewann.
  Als freyere Gabe
  Nehmt hin, was ich habe,
  Und höret und preiset den fröhlichen Mann.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Gedichte von Fridr. Baron de la Motte-Fouqué, Neueste Auflage, Wien: Bey B. Ph. Bauer, 1816, pages 69-70


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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
How the people come running and form
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How the people come running and form
  A joyful crowd,
  And bring along so many delightful things!
  Books as well as silks,
  Flax as well as jewelry,
  Fruits for living as well as flowers for one’s hair.
Oh if this time I could only be successful
  In presenting something beautiful
  For the aged and the young to purchase happily!
  But for commerce
  My way of life is spoiled;
  I suppose I never produced much that was of any use.
Song loved me, invigorating, lovely [song],
  Only of gold my hand
  Knew as little as my merry spirit.
  From beautiful stories
  To create songs
  Was the only profit of the erratic wanderer.
Here, trustingly and openly, everyone offers,
  With joyful hope,
  For trade that which he lustily achieved through his striving.
  As a freer gift,
  Take what I have,
  And listen to and laud the happy man.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translated titles:
"Der Leyermann am Jahrmarkte" = "The Hurdy-Gurdy man at the fair"
"Leiermann am Jahrmarkte" = "Hurdy-Gurdy man at the fair"


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