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Hoffärtig seid Ihr, schönes Kind, und...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Hoffärtig seid Ihr, schönes Kind, und geht
Mit Euren Freiern um auf stolzem Fuß.
Spricht man Euch an, kaum daß Ihr Rede steht,
Als kostet Euch zuviel ein holder Gruß.
Bist keines Alexanders Töchterlein,
Kein Königreich wird deine Mitgift sein,
Und willst du nicht das Gold, so nimm das Zinn;
Willst du nicht Liebe, nimm Verachtung hin.

Translation(s): 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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Donna Bareket) , title 1: "You are haughty, beautiful child", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-12-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
Line count: 8
Word count: 57

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You are haughty, beautiful child

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 You are haughty, beautiful child,
 And you deal  arrogantly with your suitors.
 When spoken to, you  hardly reply,
 As if a pleasant greeting  cost you too much.
 You are no Alexander's daughter,
 Your dowry will not be a  kingdom;
 If you don't want   gold, take tin;
 If you don't want love, take scorn.

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Text added to the website: 2003-12-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
Line count: 8
Word count: 54