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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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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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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Say, wherefore vainly wouldst dissemble?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Say, wherefore, vainly wouldst dissemble?
Thine actions all thy words disprove!
Rejoice, and bid thy fortune welcome,
confess, sweet maiden, thou art in love!

Behold, thy heart is beating faster,
thy cheeks now pale erst blushed so fair,
thy fond, sweet secret, sad disaster!
they've told to brook and flow'ret fair,

the brooklet told it to the river,
'tis whisper'd low at day's retreat,
which way thou turnest soft winds murmur:
We know thy heart's fond secret sweet!


Submitted by Harry Joelson

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Text added to the website: 2008-12-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 78