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Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein,
Wie gern wär ich bei dir,
So [fließen]1 zwei tiefe Wasser
Wohl zwischen dir und mir.

Das bringt mir großen Schmerze,
Herzallerliebster G'sell,
Red' ich von ganzem Herzen,
Habs für groß Ungefall.

Hoff' Zeit wird es wohl enden,
Hoff' Glück [werd']2 kommen drein,
Sich in alls Guts verwenden,
Herzliebstes Elselein.

Translation(s): FIN IRI

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1 Thiel: "rinnen"
2 Thiel: "wird"

Submitted by Bart O'Brien


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

Set in a modified version by Johannes Brahms, Robert Franz, Eduard Lassen, Johann Diebold.

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-12-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
Line count: 12
Word count: 54

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Voi rakas pikku Elsani

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the German (Deutsch)

Voi rakas pikku Elsani,
miten mielelläni olisinkaan sinun luonasi!
Mutta kaksi suurta vettä
on sinun ja minun välissä.

Se tuottaa minulle suurta tuskaa,
rakkain sydänystäväni!
Sanon koko sydämestäni,
että minulla on liian ikävä.

Toivon, että tämä aika päättyisi,
toivon, että onni palaisi meille,
että kaikki kääntyisi hyväksi jälleen,
oma rakas Elsaseni.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2010 by Erkki Pullinen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

    Erkki Pullinen. Contact:
    <erkki (DOT) pullinen (AT) uniarts (DOT) fi>

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , written 1534 IRI
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Brah-Müller, Otto Dorn, Robert Franz, Ludwig Senfl, Carl Thiel, Georg Vierling. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-01-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 51