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Mädchen und Rose

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Serbian (Српски)

Ach! mein kühler Wasserquell!
Ach! meine Rose, rosenroth!
Was doch blühtest so früh du auf,
Sollt' ich dich brechen, o Rose mein?
Habe keinen, dem ich [dich gäb']1!
Pflückt' ich dich für mein Mütterlein:
Mütterlein ruht im Grabe tief!
Bräch' ich dich für die Schwester gern:
Schwester gieng mit dem fremden Gemahl!
Bräch' ich dich für den Bruder wohl:
Fort in den Krieg der Bruder zog!
Bräch' ich dich, ach! für meinen Freund:
Ach! der Freund ist weit und fern!
Über drei grüne Gebirge, weit!
Über drei kühle Gewässer, breit!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Loewe: "gäbe dich!"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The maiden and the rose", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La jeune fille et la rose", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-07-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:13

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Word count: 90

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The maiden and the rose

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah! my cool waterspring!
Ah! my rose, rosy-red!
Why did you bloom forth so prematurely,
Should I pick you, oh rose of mine?
I have no one to whom I could give you!
If I picked you for my mother:
My mother rests deep in her grave!
If I broke you gladly for my sister:
My sister has departed with her foreign spouse!
If I broke you for my brother:
My brother has gone forth into battle!
If I broke you, ah! for my beloved:
Ah! my beloved is far and distant!
Beyond three green mountain ranges, far away!
Beyond three cool wide waters!

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Text added to the website: 2016-10-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-10-24 13:35:00

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