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Spröde Locken

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mein Mädchen hat zwei Locken kraus,
Zwei Locken, denen ich zürne;
Sie springen aus dem Hut heraus
Gar trotzig über der Stirne.
Sie wollen sich dem Kamme nicht
Und keinem Streicheln fügen.
Obgleich sich sonst die Haare schlicht
Und weich ans Köpfchen schmiegen.
So ist auch ihr Gemüthe weich
Und ohne spröden Willen;
Doch hat sie, den kleinen Locken gleich,
Verzweifelt krause Grillen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Joseph W. Flitsch, "Zwei siebenbürgisch-sächsische Dichter" in: Blätter für literarische Unterhaltung, Nr. 15, 12. April 1894, page 232

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Berta Bock (1857 - 1945), "Spröde Locken", op. 6 (Vier Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 1, published 1900 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Schuberth jun. [
     text not verified 

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Recalcitrant curls", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-09-29.
Last modified: 2016-09-29 15:47:23
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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Recalcitrant curls

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My maiden has two curly locks,
Two curls at which I am angry;
They leap forth from under her hat
Quite truculently across her brow.
They will not submit to the comb
Nor to any caressing.
Even though her hair otherwise lies smoothly
And softly against her little head.
Thus is her nature soft as well
And without a defiant will;
But, like those curls, she has
Hopelessly wayward little fancies.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Michael Albert (1836 - 1893), "Spröde Locken"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Berta Bock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-09-29.
Last modified: 2016-09-29 15:47:42
Line count: 12
Word count: 71