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Mein Knappe, wie kommst Du an Stirn und...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
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Mein [Knappe]1, wie kommst Du an Stirn und Brust
  Und Arm von Blute so roth,
Und reitest als wie in erquicklicher Lust,
  Als gäb' es nicht Jammer und Noth?
     ["]Drei Rosen,["] sang er, ["]drei Rosen,
     Die pflückt' ich aus feindlichem Tosen,
  Die pflückt ich aus drohendem Tod.["]
 
Und als er kam vor das Königshaus,
  Der junge siegende Held,
Da trat die Königinn selber heraus:
  ["]Nun fordre, was Dir gefällt.["]
    "Drei Rosen, hätt' ich drei Rosen,
    Wie wollt' ich noch hundertmal losen
  Um's Leben auf eisernem Feld!["]
 
Die Königinn wußte, was Helden gebührt;
  Was Helden kann machen gesund.
Da haben ihn schweigende Mägdlein geführt
  In Zimmers verschwiegenen Rund.
    "[sic] Drei Rosen gab sie, drei Rosen,
    Drei Küsse mit freundlichem Kosen,
  Von ihrem hellrosigen Mund.
 
Und drauf im erleuchteten, festlichen Saal
  Stand Herzog und Grafe bereit,
Da sagte die Herrin[: "]zu dieser Zahl
  Sei künftig mit Ehren gereiht,
  Und heiße der Ritter von Rosen,
  Und führ' im Wappen drei Rosen,
  Und rosenfarb Helmbusch und Kleid.["]

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Confirmed with Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué, Alwin: ein Roman in zwei Bänden von Pellegrin, Erster Band, Berlin: bei Friedrich Braunes 1808, pages 209-210

1 Kretschmer: "Knabe"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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My squire, how do you appear with brow...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My [squire]1, how do you appear with brow and breast
  And arm so red with blood,
And ride as if in refreshing joy,
  As if there were no such thing as misery and distress?
     ["]Three roses,["] he sang, ["]three roses,
     Those I plucked from out the hostile raging,
  Those I plucked from threatening death.["]
 
And as he came before the king’s house,
  The young victorious hero,
The queen herself emerged:
  ["]Now demand whatever you like.["]
     "Three roses, had I three roses,
     How would I yet another hundred times gamble
  For my life upon the iron-hard field!["]
 
The queen knew what is due to heroes;
  What can make heroes well again.
Then silent maidens led him
  Into the discreet circle of the room.
     "[sic]Three roses, she gave, three roses,
     Three kisses with friendly caresses,
  From her bright rosy lips.
 
And thereupon in the illumined, festive hall
  Dukes and counts stood at the ready;
Then the mistress said[: "]in the future
  You may take your place among this group,
  And be called the Knight of Roses,
  And have in your coat of arms three roses,
  And rose-coloured panache and garment.["]

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Translated titles:
"Der Ritter von Rosen und Auf dem Marsche zu singen" = "The Knight of Roses and To be sung upon the march"
"Romanze" = "Romance"
"Mein Knabe, wie kömmst du" = "My lad, how do you arrive"

1 Kretschmer: "lad"

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