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Unsre Quelle kommt im Schatten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Unsre Quelle kommt im Schatten
Duft'ger Linden an das Licht,
Und wie dort die Vögel singen,
Nein, das weiß doch jeder nicht!

Und das Mädchen kam zur Quelle,
Einen Krug in jeder Hand,
Wollte schnell die Krüge füllen,
Als ein Jüngling vor ihr stand.

Mögen wohl geplaudert haben,
Kam das Mädchen spät nach Haus:
Gute Mutter, sollst nicht schelten,
Sandtest selbst ja mich hinaus.

Geht man leicht zur Quelle, trägt man
Doch zu Haus ein schwer Gewicht,
Und wie dort die Vögel singen, -
Mutter, nein, das weißt du nicht!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The water spring", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La fontaine", 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 10:01:23

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Word count: 90

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La fontaine

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Sous l'ombre légère du tilleul,
Notre fontaine apparaît à la lumière,
Et comment là-bas les oiseaux chantent,
Non, certes, personne ne le sait!

Quand la jeune fille arriva à la fontaine,
Une cruche dans chaque main,
Pour vite remplir les cruches
Un jeune homme se tenait devant elle.

Ils ont bien aimé bavarder,
La fille est rentrée tard à la maison :
Mère chérie, tu ne dois pas me gronder,
C'est toi-même qui m'a envoyée.

Si l'on va légère à la fontaine, on rapporte
Un lourd fardeau à la maison,
Et comment les oiseaux chantent là-bas,
Mère, non, tu ne le sais point !

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