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Für funfzehn Pfennige

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Mägdlein will ein' Freier hab'n,
Und sollt' sie'n aus der Erde grab'n,
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Der Schreiber hatt' des Gelds zu viel,
Er kauft dem Mädchen, was sie will
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Er kauft ihr einen Gürtel schmal,
Der starrt von Gold wohl überall,
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Er kauft ihr einen breiten Hut,
Der wär' wohl für die Sonne gut,
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Wohl für die Sonn', wohl für den Wind,
Bleib du bei mir, mein liebes Kind
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Bleibst du bei mir, bleib' ich bei dir,
All meine Güter schenk' ich dir,
Sind funfzehn Pfennige.

Behalt dein Gut, laß mir mein Mut
Kein' and're doch dich nehmen tut
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Dein' guten Mut, den mag ich nicht,
Hast traun von treuer Liebe nicht
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Dein Herz ist wie ein Taubenhaus,
Gebt einer 'nein, der and're aus
Für funfzehn Pfennige.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Note: [sic] for the spelling of "funfzehn"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

  • by Richard Georg Strauss (1864 - 1949), "Für funfzehn Pfennige", op. 36 (Vier Lieder für 1 hohe Stimme -- für 1 tiefe Stimme mit Pianoforte) no. 2, published 1898 [voice and piano], München, Aibl Verlag [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title 1: "For fifteen cents", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Pour quinze sous", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-05-19 21:19:15
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For fifteen cents

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 The maiden wants a suitor,
 Even if she has to dig him out,
 For fifteen cents.

 The bailiff has a lot of cash,
 He grants her ev'ry wish
 For fifteen cents.

 He buys her a fine belt,
 Of purest gold it is,
 For fifteen cents.

 He buys her a wide hat,
 To shield her from the sun,
 For fifteen cents.

 To shield you from the sun, the wind,
 Stay with me, dearest child
 For fifteen cents.

 You are mine, I am yours,
 All that's mine I give to you,
 It's fifteen cents.

 Keep your riches, leave me my freedom,
 None other will have you
 For fifteen cents.

 Your freedom, it is gladly yours
 As you don't know true love
 For fifteen cents.

 Your heart is like a dovecot,
 They come and go,
 For fifteen cents.

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Text added to the website: 2005-01-22.
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