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Wer gab dir, Minne, die Gewalt

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Mittelhochdeutsch

Wer gab dir, Minne, die Gewalt,
Daß du so allgewaltig bist?
Du zwingest beide, jung und alt,
Dagegen gibt es keine List.
Ich lobe Gott, seit deine Band
Mich sollen fesseln, seit so recht ich hab erkannt
Wo treuer Dienst sei an der Zeit,
Da weich ich niemals ab: O Gnade, Königinne, 
Laß sein mein Leben dir geweiht!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Walthers von der Vogelweide Sämmtliche Gedichte. Aus dem Mittelhochdeutschen übertragen von Karl Pannier, Leipzig, Reclam, 1876, p. 43

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The power of love", copyright ©

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

Last modified: 2016-02-15 22:42:54

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The power of love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Who gave you, Love, the power
that makes you so omnipotent?
You compel both young and old,
and against you, cunning is no use. 
I praise God, since your bonds
shall shackle me, since I rightly recognize
that it is time for true servitude,
and I will never deviate: O mercy, Queen, let my life be devoted to you!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Pannier (1854 - 1931), "Gewalt der Minne" GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Hobrecht, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Anton Rückauf. Go to the text.

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53

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Word count: 59