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Bin ein armes Waisenkind

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Bin ein armes Waisenkind,
 Dem seine Lieb'n gestorben sind.

 Habt Ihr ein Zeugnis, einen Schein.
 Dass man euch auch trauen mag?

 Ach nein!
 Wenn Euch mein Bitten nicht bewegt-

 Das Mitleid saure Fruchte trägt,
 Hat man im Haus erst Euresgleichen,
 Pflegt Ruh' und Frieden d'raus zu weichen
 Geh' du nur fort!

 O nehmet auf mich mildgesinnt,
 Ich will Euch lohnen, was Ihr tut
 An mir, mit meinem Herzensblut.

 Versprechen lasst sich viel mit Worten,
 Geht, pocht dort an des Nachbars Pforten!
 Geht fort!

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 22
Word count: 89

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I am a poor orphan

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 I am a poor orphan,
 Whose loved ones have died.

 Do you have some references, some paperwork
 To show that one could trust you?

 Oh no!
 If my pleading does not move you -

 Pity bears sour fruits.
 If one has the likes of you in house,
 Peace and quiet generally tend to flee.
 Get you gone!

 O kindly take me in,
 I will reward you for what you do for me
 With my heart's blood.

 It is easy to promise much with [mere] words.
 Go, knock over there on my neighbour's door!
 Go away!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2009-07-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
Line count: 22
Word count: 101