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Sie haben mich geheißen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie haben mich geheißen
    Nach Heidelbeeren gehn:
Ich habe nach den Beeren
    Im Walde nicht gesehn.

Ich bin hinaus gegangen
    Zu meiner Mutter Grab,
Worauf ich mich gesetzet
    Und viel geweinet hab. --

"Wer sitzt auf meinem Hügel,
    Von der die Tränen sind?" --
Ich bin's, o liebe Mutter,
    Ich, dein verwaistes Kind.

Wer wird hinfort mich kleiden
    Und flechten mir das Haar?
Mit Liebeswort mir schmeicheln,
    Wie's deine Weise war?

"Geh hin, o liebe Tochter,
    Und finde dich darein,
Es wird dir eine zweite,
    Statt meiner, Mutter sein.

Sie wird das Haar dir flechten
    Und kleiden dich hinfort,
Ein Jüngling wird dir schmeicheln
    Mit zartem Liebeswort."

Translation(s): CAT 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The orphan girl", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "L'orpheline", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-06T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:23
Line count: 24
Word count: 105

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The orphan girl

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

They told me to go out
    And find blueberries;
I did not look for berries
    In the forest.
I went out
    To my mother's grave,
I sat down upon it
    And wept very much. --
 "Who sits upon my burial mound,
   From whom the tears flow? --
It is I, oh dear mother,
   I, your orphaned child.
Who shall henceforth dress me
    And braid for me my hair?
With loving words caress me,
    As was your wont?
 "Go forth, oh dear daughter,
    And comes to terms with the situation,
Another shall be to you a mother
    Instead of me.
She shall braid your hair,
    And dress you from now on,
A young lad shall caress you
    With tender words of love.

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Text added to the website: 2011-01-31T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:13
Line count: 24
Word count: 119