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Unter der Linde

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Mittelhochdeutsch

Unter der Linde
auf der Heide,
da unser Bette war,
da könnt ihr finden
alle beide
gebrochen, Blumen und auch Gras.
Vor dem Walde in einem Tal,
schön sang die Nachtigall.

Ich kam gegangen
zu der Aue
und mein Liebster war schon dort.
Da ward ich empfangen,
heil'ge Jungfrau,
daß ich bin selig fort und fort.
Ob er mich küßte? Stund' um Stund',
seht, wie rot mir noch der Mund!

Dann hat er gerichtet
weich und prächtig
von Blumen eine Lagerstatt.
Herzlich wird noch mancher lachen,
kommt er daher den selben Pfad.
An den Rosen er dann mag,
merken, wo das Haupt mir lag.

Wenn es jemand wüßte,
wie er war,
ach behüte Gott, wie schämt' ich mich!
Wie oft er mich küßte,
niemals jemand
erfahre es, nur er und ich.
Und ein kleines Vögelein,
das wird wohl verschwiegen sein.

Translation(s): ENG

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

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Under the linden tree", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-12-14 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:28

Line count: 35
Word count: 144

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Under the linden tree

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Under the linden tree
on the moor,
where we two had our bed,
there you could find
both things
broken, flowers and grass, too.
From the forest in a valley,
beautifully sang the nightingale.

I came walking
to the meadow,
and my beloved was already there.
There I was received -- 
holy Virgin!--
so that I go on and on being happy.
Did he kiss me? Hour by hour,
see, how red my mouth still is!

Then he had made up,
soft and bright
with flowers, a place to lie.
Someone will still have a good laugh
if he comes along the same path.
One might see by the roses,
where my head lay.

If anyone knew
how he was,
ah, God help me, how ashamed I would be!
How often he kissed me,
may no one ever know,
only he and I.
And a little bird,
that certainly will keep quiet.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist, text arranged by Heinz Knorr from the version by Max Wehrli, in Deutsche Lyrik des Mittelalters, published by Manesse-Bibliothek der Weltliteratur, 1955 GER GER GER GER GER GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Karl Johann Hofmann, Stephan Krehl, Hermann Reutter. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2010-04-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:38

Line count: 35
Word count: 155