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Bin jung gewesen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Bin jung gewesen, 
Kann auch [mit reden]1,
Und alt geworden, 
Drum gilt mein Wort.

Schön reife Beeren 
Am Bäumchen hangen:
Nachbar, da hilft kein 
Zaun um den Garten;
Lustige Vögel 
Wissen den Weg.

Aber, mein Dirnchen,
Du laß dir rathen:
Halte dein Schätzchen
Wohl in der Liebe,
Wohl in Respekt!
Mit den zwei Fädlein
In Eins gedrehet,
Ziehst du am kleinen 
Finger ihn nach.

Aufrichtig Herze,
Doch schweigen können,
Früh mit der Sonne
Muthig zur Arbeit,
Gesunde Glieder,
Saubere Linnen,
Das machet Mädchen
Und Weibchen werth.

Bin jung gewesen,
Kann auch mit reden,
Und alt geworden, 
Drum gilt mein Wort.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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1 modernizes to "mitreden"

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The advice of an old woman", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Conseil d'une ancienne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Consigli di una vecchia", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:42
Line count: 31
Word count: 100

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Conseil d'une ancienne

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

J'ai été jeune,
je peux causer avec vous,
devenue vieille,
ce que je dis, c'est pas sans valeur.

De beaux fruits mûrs
pendent aux arbres : 
voisin, aucune haie 
ne protège ton jardin.
Les oiseaux joyeux
connaissent bien le chemin.

Mais toi, ma petite,
écoute mon avis :
tiens bon ton amoureux
dans l'amour
comme dans le respect !
Avec ces deux fils
cousus ensemble,
tu peux le mener
par le bout du nez.

Coeur loyal
mais capable de se taire,
levée  avec le soleil,
dure au travail,
corps vigoureux,
linge entretenu,
c'est ça qui fait la valeur d'une fille 
et d'une petite femme.

J'ai été jeune,
je peux causer avec vous,
devenue vieille,
ce que je dis, c'est pas sans valeur.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Stéphane Goldet and Pierre de Rosamel, (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
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Rath einer Alten" ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alfred Valentin Heuß, Otto Scherzer, Fritz Schieri, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-03-09T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:50
Line count: 31
Word count: 122