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Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag,
  So früh vor Sonnenschein
Ich junge Maid am Fensterschlag
  Will euer Valentin sein.
Der junge Mann [thät]1 Hosen an,
  [That]2 auf die Kammerthür,
Ließ ein die Maid, die als ['ne]3 Maid
  Ging nimmermehr herfür.
Bei [Sanct]4 Niklas und Charitas!
  Ein unverschämt Geschlecht!
Ein junger Mann thut's, wenn er kann,
  Fürwahr, das ist nicht recht.
Sie sprach: Eh' ihr gescherzt mit mir,
  Verspracht ihr mich zu frei'n.
Ich bräch's auch nicht, bei'm Sonnenlicht,
  Wär'st du nicht kommen herein.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, übersetzt von Karl Simrock, in: William Shakspear’s[sic] sämmtliche dramatische Werke in neuen Uebersetzungen, Leipzig: Georg Wigand’s Verlag, [no year], page 686

Note: according to The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, ed. by Charles Youmans, Seeger is listed as the translator of Hamlet, but Seeger's translations are quite different. Simrock and Seeger are listed together as the translators for the ten-volume set.

Note (provided by Sharon Krebs): Ophelia’s song is interrupted at several points by various other characters and herself. Those interruptions have not been included above.

1 Strauss: "tut"
2 Strauss: "Tät"
3 omitted by Strauss
4 Strauss: "Sankt"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Kim Borg, Johannes Brahms, Osvaldo Costa de Lacerda, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Deuxième chant d'Ophélie", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-26.
Last modified: 2016-10-24 15:06:00
Line count: 16
Word count: 83

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Deuxième chant d'Ophélie

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

Bonjour, c'est la Saint Valentin
Si tôt avant la clarté du soleil.
À la fenêtre, moi, une jeune fille,
Je serai ta Valentine.

Le jeune homme mit son pantalon
Ouvrit la porte de la chambre,
La jeune fille y entra, et plus du tout jeune fille
Jamais plus elle en sortit.

Par Saint Nicolas et la sainte Charité !
Une espèce éhontée !
Un jeune homme le fera s'il le peut,
En vérité, ce n'est pas juste.

Elle dit : avant que tu t'amuses avec moi, 
Tu avais promis de m'épouser.

Je l'aurais fait en plein soleil,
Si tu n'étais pas venue ici.

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This translation was modified 2012-07-23 and 2013-02-19. The translator wishes to thank Anna Richter of the Pan Foundation of Music for her remarks and suggestions.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Based on
Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Kim Borg, Johannes Brahms, Osvaldo Costa de Lacerda, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-04-08.
Last modified: 2016-10-24 15:06:47
Line count: 16
Word count: 103