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Ein Märchen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mit einem Märchen hab ich als Kind
Mir sinnend die Zeit vertrieben,
Und um ein Märchen weint ich mich blind --
Das Märchen von meinem Lieben.
Ich sinne und sinne, wie’s wohl begann
Und lege das Haupt in die Hände . . .
Es war einmal, so fing es an . . .
Es war [--] so ging es zu Ende.

Translation(s): ENG

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "A fairy-tale", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-11-25.
Last modified: 2016-11-25 19:32:14
Line count: 8
Word count: 60

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A fairy‑tale

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

As a child I musingly passed my time
With a fairy-tale,
And I cried my eyes out over one fairy-tale --
The fairy-tale of my loving.
I ponder and ponder how it might have started
And sink my head into my hands . . .
Once upon a time, that’s how it started . . .
[Once]1 -- that’s how it ended.

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1 Literally “it was” (the words that begin a fairy-tale are different in German and the poet was therefore able to use the first two words of the German idiom as an ending).


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Maidy Koch (1875 - 1966)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael Zurluth. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-25.
Last modified: 2016-11-25 19:33:17
Line count: 8
Word count: 60