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Wozu noch, Mädchen, soll es frommen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wozu noch, Mädchen, soll es frommen,
Daß du vor mir Verstellung übst?
Heiß froh das neue Glück willkommen,
Und sag es offen, daß du liebst!

An deines Busens höherm Schwellen,
Dem Wangenrot, das kommt und geht,
Ward dein Geheimnis von den Quellen,
Den Blumengeistern längst erspäht.

Die Wogen murmeln's in den Grotten,
Es flüstert's leis der Abendwind,
Wo du vorbeigehst, hörst du's spotten:
Wir wissen es seit lange, Kind!


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Waartoe nog, meisje, moet het dienen", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "What's the use, maiden", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Say, wherefore vainly wouldst dissemble?", first published 1897
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "À quoi te servent encore, jeune fille", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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What's the use, maiden

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What's the use, maiden,
of this pretense you practice?
Welcome your new joy gladly
and say it openly - that you love!

From the swelling of your bosom
and the flush on your cheeks that comes and goes,
your secret has, by fountains
and flowerspirits, long been recognized;

wavelets murmur it in the grottos,
the evening breeze whispers it,
and wherever you pass, you hear a teasing:
"We've known it for a long time, child!"


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Word count: 75